Create and craft a narrative of historical fiction linked within the lineage of modern dance, during the time
period of 1890s to 1950s.
The ‘fiction’ aspect will be your main character – this is to be a manufactured identity constructed to fit your
The ‘historical’ aspect will be all of the primary events of your narrative.
You are encouraged to think of this assignment as “a day in the life” (or generally, a period of time in the life).
And, you may find it easiest to create a main character who is a Dancer, with the unfolding narrative articulating
the dancer’s struggles and triumphs navigating an episode in their dance career.
This said, you have some flexibility in choosing the character, narrative, and frame of this project.
To go about this writing, choose:
Choose the (real) Modern artist & historical events you will reference. You may choose more than one but don’t
make this too complicated on yourself!
Choose the frame of your story: a Conversation, Gossip Column in the newspaper Society pages, a Letter, a
The Daedalus myth gives a basic structure to Portrait of the Artist. From the beginning, Stephen, like most young people, is caught in a maze, just as his namesake Daedalus was. The schools are a maze of corridors; Dublin is a maze of streets. Stephen’s mind itself is a convoluted maze filled with dead ends and circular reasoning (Hackett 203): Met her today point blank in Grafton Street. The crowd brought us together. We both stopped. She asked me why I never came, said she had heard all sorts of stories about me. This was only to gain time. Asked me, was I writing poems? About whom? I asked her. This confused her more and I felt sorry and mean. Turned off that valve at once and opened the spiritual-heroic refrigerating apparatus, invented and patented in all countries by Dante Alighieri. (Joyce 246) Life poses riddles at every turn. Stephen roams the labyrinth searching his mind for answers (Gorman 204). The only way out seems to be to soar above the narrow confines of the prison, as did Daedalus and his son. In Portrait of the Artist, the world presses on Stephen. His own thoughts are melancholy, his proud spirit cannot tolerate the painful burden of reality. In the end, he must rise above it (Farrell 206). At first, Stephen does not understand the significance of his unusual name. He comes to realize, by the fourth chapter, that like Daedalus he is caught in a maze: Every part of his day, divided by what he regarded now as the duties of his station in life, circled about its own centre of spiritual energy. His life seemed to have drawn near to eternity; every thought, wor>GET ANSWER