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By James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz

ISBN-10: 1405114762

ISBN-13: 9781405114769

The 35 unique essays in A spouse to Narrative idea represent the easiest to be had advent to this important and contested box of humanistic enquiry. The essays symbolize the entire significant serious techniques to narrative – narratological, rhetorical, feminist, post-structuralist, historicist – and examine and debate the family members between them. additionally, they stretch the limits of the sphere by means of contemplating narratives in numerous disciplines, comparable to legislations and drugs, and in quite a few media, together with movie, song, and portray.

The quantity is split into six elements: competing money owed of the heritage of the sector; examinations of recurrent difficulties; feedback for theoretical revisions and ideas; explorations of the kin between shape, background, politics, and ethics; analyses of ways narrative operates in numerous disciplines and in media past the written be aware; and speculations in regards to the way forward for narrative and of narrative idea. even as, it deals provocative analyses of quite a lot of works, either canonical and renowned, from the Bible via novels via Dickens, Woolf, and Arundhati Roy directly to Bernard Herrmann’s movie song and the motion work of Jackson Pollock. between its individuals are the various major figures within the box, together with such early pioneers as Wayne C. sales space, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller, and Gerald Prince.

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Morphology II: Organic Form, Anglo-American Formalism, and Beyond Henry James’s influential 1884 essay on ‘‘The Art of Fiction’’ (Miller 1972: 27–44) provided important foundations for Anglo-American novel theory. Three interconnected aspects of the model outlined by James can be singled out for discussion here: its characterization of fictions as organic wholes, its adoption of a descriptive rather than prescriptive approach to narrative analysis, and its skeptical attitude toward exact recipes or protocols for the production of fictional texts.

8 In any event, the use of (Saussurean) linguistics as a pilot-science or ‘‘theoretical synecdoche’’ shaped the object, methods, and overall aims of structuralist narratology as an investigative framework (see Herman 2002: 2–4). Narratology’s grounding assumption is that a common, more or less implicit, model of narrative explains people’s ability to recognize and interpret many diverse productions and types of artifacts as stories. In turn, the raison d’eˆtre of narratological analysis is to develop an explicit characterization of the model underlying people’s intuitive knowledge about stories, in effect providing an account of what constitutes humans’ narrative competence.

As rule-governed signifying practices or ‘‘languages’’ in their own right (Culler 1975). Founding narratology as a subdomain of structuralist inquiry, researchers like Barthes, Claude Bremond, Ge´rard Genette, A. J. Greimas, and Todorov followed Saussure’s distinction between la langue (¼ language viewed as system) and la parole (¼ individual utterances produced and interpreted on that basis); they construed particular stories as individual narrative messages supported by a shared semiotic system.

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