Vignette (literature)

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In theatrical script writing, sketch stories, and poetry, a vignette is a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, or object.[1] This type of scene is more common in recent postmodern theater, where less emphasis is placed on adhering to the conventions of theatrical structure and story development. Vignettes have been particularly influenced by contemporary notions of a scene as shown in film, video and television scripting. It is also a part of something bigger than itself: for example, a vignette about a house belonging to a collection of vignettes or a whole story, such as The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

One of the very well established writers of vignettes is Margaret Atwood. A substantial amount of vignettes can be found in her works including in her flash fiction and her poetry. The collection Murder in the Dark showcases most of her short vignettes.

A blog can provide a form of vignette.[2]

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  1. ^ "What is a vignette from literature?". Answers. Yahoo. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Vignette in Literature". Writing in Wonderland. Blogspot. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2012.