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Friday, May 3, 2019

The Structure of Story Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:11 AM

T. S. Eliot

Four Quartets

. . . Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.

Lévi-Strauss

A Permanent Order of Wondertale Elements

In Vol. I of Structural Anthropology , p. 209, I have shown that this analysis alone can account for the double aspect of time representation in all mythical systems: the narrative is both "in time" (it consists of a succession of events) and "beyond" (its value is permanent). With regard to Propp's theories my analysis offers another advantage: I can reconcile much better than Propp himself  his principle of a permanent order of wondertale elements with the fact that certain functions or groups of functions are shifted from one tale to the next (pp. 97-98. p. 108). If my view is accepted, the chronological succession will come to be absorbed into an atemporal matrix structure whose form is indeed constant. The shifting of functions is then no more than a mode of permutation (by vertical columns or fractions of columns).

Or by congruent quarter-sections.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Story Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:27 PM

"Let the Wookiee win." — C-3PO

See as well the April 8, 2019, post

Misère Play.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Tales from Story Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:45 PM

"Kiernan Brennan Shipka  (born November 10, 1999)
is an American actress. She is best known for starring as 
Sabrina Spellman on the Netflix supernatural horror series 
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina  (2018–present)." — Wikipedia

As noted here earlier, Shipka turned 18 on Nov. 10 last year.

From Log24 on that date

Another 18th birthday in Story Space

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Story Structure, Story Space

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Constance Grady at Vox  today on a new Netflix series —

We don’t yet have a story structure that allows witches to be powerful for long stretches of time without men holding them back. And what makes the new Sabrina  so exciting is that it seems to be trying to build that story structure itself, in real time, to find a way to let Sabrina have her power and her freedom.

It might fail. But if it does, it will be a glorious and worthwhile failure — the type that comes with trying to pioneer a new kind of story.

See also Story Space  in this  journal.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Story Space

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:48 PM

A better term than "phase space" might be "story space."

See as well Expanding the Spielraum.

Friday, May 3, 2019

“As a Chinese jar” — T. S. Eliot

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 1:06 PM

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Shadowhunter Tales

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:59 PM

The recent post "Tales from Story Space," about the 18th birthday
of the protagonist in the TV series "Shadowhunters" (2016-),
suggests a review of the actual  18th birthday of actress Lily Collins.

Collins is shown below warding off evil with a magical rune as
a shadowhunter in the 2013 film "City of Bones" —

She turned 18 on March 18, 2007.  A paper on symmetry and logic
referenced here on that date displays the following "runes" of 
philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce

See also Adamantine Meditation  (Log24, Oct. 3, 2018)
and the webpage Geometry of the I Ching.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ojos

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:11 PM

From the Hulu series 'The Path,' the Eye logo

A better term than "phase space" might be "story space."

Friday, July 6, 2018

Something

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:48 AM

"… Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness."

— T. S. Eliot, "Burnt Norton," 1936

"Read something that means something."

Advertising slogan for The New Yorker

The previous post quoted some mystic meditations of Octavio Paz
from 1974. I prefer some less mystic remarks of Eddington from
1938 (the Tanner Lectures) published by Cambridge U. Press in 1939 —

"… we have sixteen elements with which to form a group-structure" —

See as well posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Lévi-Strauss vs. Propp

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:25 PM
 

​Claude Lévi-Strauss

From his "Structure and Form:
Reflections on a Work by Vladimir Propp
" *

To maintain. as I have done. that the permutability of contents is not arbitrary amounts to saying that, if the analysis is carried to a sufficiently deep level, behind diversity we will discover constancy. And, of course. the avowed constancy of form must not hide from us that functions are also permutable.

The structure of the folktale as it is illustrated by Propp presents a chronological succession of qualitatively distinct functions. each constituting an independent genre. One can wonder whether—as with dramatis personae and their attributes— Propp does not stop too soon, seeking the form too close to the level of empirical observation. Among the thirty-one functions that he distinguishes, several are reducible to the same  function reappearing at different  moments of the narrative but after undergoing one or a number of transformations . I have already suggested that this could be true of the false hero (a transformation of the villain), of assigning a difficult task (a transformation of the test), etc. (see p. 181 above), and that in this case the two parties  constituting the fundamental tale would themselves be transformations of each other.

Nothing prevents pushing this reduction even further and analyzing each separate partie  into a small number of recurrent functions, so that several of Propp's functions would constitute groups of transformations of one and the same function. We could treat the "violation" as the reverse of the "prohibition" and the latter as a negative transformation of the "injunction." The "departure" of the hero and his "return" would appear as the negative and positive expressions of the same disjunctive function. The "quest" of the hero (hero pursues someone or something) would become the opposite of "pursuit" (hero is pursued by something or someone), etc.

In Vol. I of Structural Anthropology , p. 209, I have shown that this analysis alone can account for the double aspect of time representation in all mythical systems: the narrative is both "in time" (it consists of a succession of events) and "beyond" (its value is permanent). With regard to Propp's theories my analysis offers another advantage: I can reconcile much better than Propp himself  his principle of a permanent order of wondertale elements with the fact that certain functions or groups of functions are shifted from one tale to the next (pp. 97-98. p. 108) If my view is accepted, the chronological succession will come to be absorbed into an atemporal matrix structure whose form is indeed constant. The shifting of functions is then no more than a mode of permutation (by vertical columns or fractions of columns).

These critical remarks are certainly valid for the method used by Propp and for his conclusions. However. it cannot be stressed enough that Propp envisioned them and in several places formulated with perfect clarity the solutions I have just suggested. Let us take up again from this viewpoint the two essential themes of our discussion: constancy of the content (in spite of its permutability) and permutability of functions (in spite of their constancy).

* Translated from a 1960 work in French.  It appeared in English as Chapter VIII
of Structural Anthropology, Volume 2  (U. of Chicago Press, 1976).  Chapter VIII
was originally published in Cahiers de l'Institut de Science 
Économique Appliquée , 
No. 9 (Series M, No. 7) (Paris: ISEA, March 1960).

See also "Lévi-Strauss" + Formula  in this journal.

Some background related to the previous post

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ageometretos*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:40 PM

Or:  "A Hologram for the King" Meets "Big"

* A reference to an alleged motto of Plato's Academy

Stories

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:48 PM

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." — Joan Didion

The New York Times Magazine  online today —

"As a former believer and now a nonbeliever, Carrère,
seeking answers, sets out, in The Kingdom , to tell
the story of the storytellers. He is trying to understand
what it takes to be able to tell a story, any story.
And what he finds, once again, is that you have to find
your role in it."

Wyatt Mason in The New York Times Magazine ,
     online March 2, 2017 

Like Tom Hanks?

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Click image for related posts.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Actual Talent

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:28 PM

“It’s going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
in the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey,  Radcliffe ’47, To Ride Pegasus

From a review of the new film “Magic in the Moonlight”—

“Sophie seems to have some actual talent….
When Sophie meets Aunt Vanessa, she uncovers the spinster’s
long-ago love affair with a member of parliament. It’s eerie.”

Material that is related, if only in story space:

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Tuesday September 16, 2003

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 PM

The Form, the Pattern

"…the sort of organization that Eliot later called musical, in his lecture 'The Music of Poetry', delivered in 1942, just as he was completing Four Quartets: 'The use of recurrent themes is as natural to poetry as to music,' Eliot says:

There are possibilities for verse which bear some analogy to the development of a theme by different groups of instruments [‘different voices’, we might say]; there are possibilities of transitions in a poem comparable to the different movements of a symphony or a quartet; there are possibilities of contrapuntal arrangement of subject-matter."

— Louis L. Martz, from
"Origins of Form in Four Quartets,"
in Words in Time: New Essays on Eliot’s Four Quartets, ed. Edward Lobb, University of Michigan Press, 1993

"…  Only by the form, the pattern,     
Can words or music reach
The stillness…."

— T. S. Eliot,
Four Quartets

Four Quartets

For a discussion of the above
form, or pattern, click here.

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