Simplicity in Language, Minimalism in Literature

February 25, 2007

Plain Language: What is Plain Language?

I’ve wanted to find minimalists authors so that I can understand their economy of words in relation to the structure of their stories (plots, climaxes, descriptions and so forth) because I feel I’ve grasped a basic understanding of minimalism and simplicity in most other spheres (art, music, politics).

A few minimalist authors would be: Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Chuck Palahniuk, Emily Dickinson, Amy Hempel, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tobias Wolff, Grace Paley, Sandra Cisneros, Mary Robison, and Frederick Barthelme, Samuel Beckett.

Linguist and political critic Noam Chomsky developed a syntax theory based on minimalism. In fact he wrote a book on it: The Minimalist Program

For more: http://www.hikaripub.com/tips.htm#Mini

However, this seems oriented toward minimalism in technical writing especially when it sites the  Nurnberg tunnel series by John Carro.

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One Response to “Simplicity in Language, Minimalism in Literature”

  1. Thomas said

    I would add the Australian short story writer and poet Brentley Frazer to that list of minimalist writers. He has such economical use of language but his sentences unwrap in you head. Outstanding. I recommend.

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