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By James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz

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ISBN-13: 9781405114769

The 35 unique essays in A significant other to Narrative Theory represent the easiest on hand advent to this very important and contested box of humanistic enquiry.

  • Comprises 35 unique essays written via top figures within the field
  • Includes contributions from pioneers within the box reminiscent of Wayne C. sales space, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince
  • Represents all of the significant severe ways to narrative and investigates and debates the family among them
  • Considers narratives in numerous disciplines, comparable to legislations and medicine
  • Features analyses of various media, together with movie, track, and painting
  • Designed to be of curiosity to experts, but available to readers with little earlier wisdom of the field

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Meanwhile, German work on narrative composition was well-known in Russia by the 1920s (Dolezˇel 1990: 134–6). There, too, the morphological model flourished (Erlich 1965: 171–2, 239, 249, Steiner 1984: 68–98), producing studies that would mold later research on narrative theory, particularly the structuralist narratology developed in France some four decades later. The Russian Formalists were committed to developing stylistic models for the widest possible range of prose forms, including the full gamut of narrative genres (Erlich 1965: 230–50, Shklovsky 1990 [1929]).

The new focus helped uncouple theories of narrative from theories of the novel, shifting scholarly attention from a particular genre of literary writing to all discourse or, in an even broader interpretation, all semiotic activities that can be construed as narratively organized. The Formalists thus set a precedent for the transgeneric and indeed transmedial aspirations of later French structuralist theorists such as Bremond (1964) and Barthes ([1966] 1977) (Herman 2004). Further, the Formalists’ attempt to create a stylistics suitable for prose texts constituted a starting-point for Bakhtin’s ([1929] 1984) (anti-Formalist) research on the polyphonic or multivoiced profile of Dostoevsky’s fictions.

Point of view (pp. 230–3); . framed tales, and the modes of narrative embedding that result from storieswithin-stories (p. 230) (cf. Genette [1972] 1980); . the noncoincidence of author and narrator in fictional discourse (p. 230) (cf. Booth 1961); . strategies for the representation of characters’ consciousness as well as speech (pp. 233–4); and . the notion that the ‘‘truth’’ of narrative fiction arises from the way its components hang together to form a Kosmos sufficient unto itself, whereas the truth of a 22 David Herman historical account depends on the extent to which it matches, in some sense, the way the world is (pp.

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