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A companion to narrative theory

Author: James Phelan; Peter J Rabinowitz
Publisher: Oxford : Blackwell, 2008.
Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture, 33.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Paperback ed.]View all editions and formats
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The 35 original essays in 'A Companion to Narrative Theory' constitute an introduction to this vital and contested field of humanistic enquiry. They represent all the major critical approaches to narrative and investigate and debate the relations among them.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Phelan; Peter J Rabinowitz
ISBN: 9781405184380 1405184388
OCLC Number: 191890959
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: xvi, 571 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : tradition and innovation in contemporary narrative theory / James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz --
PROLOGUE --
Histories of narrative theory (I) : a genealogy of early developments / David Herman --
Histories of narrative theory (II) : from structuralism to the present / Monika Fludernik --
Ghosts and monsters : on the (im)possibility of narrating the history of narrative theory / Brian McHale --
PART I : New Light on Stubborn Problems --
Resurrection of the implied author : why bother? / Wayne C. Booth --
Reconceptualizing unreliable narration : synthesizing cognitive and rhetorical approaches / Ansgar F. Nünning --
Authorial rhetoric, narratorial (un)reliability, divergent readings : Tolstoy's Kreutzer sonata / Tamar Yacobi --
Henry James and "focalization," or Why James loves Gyp / J. Hillis Miller --
What narratology and stylistics can do for each other / Dan Shen --
The pragmatics of narrative fictionality / Richard Walsh --
PART II : Revisions and Innovations --
Beyond the poetics of plot : alternative forms of narrative progression and the multiple trajectories of Ulysses / Brian Richardson --
They shoot tigers, don't they? : path and counterpoint in The long goodbye / Peter J. Rabinowitz --
Spatial poetics and Arundhati Roy's The god of small things / Susan Stanford Friedman --
The "I" of the beholder : equivocal attachments and the limits of structuralist narratology / Susan S. Lanser --
Neonarrative ; or, How to render the unnarratable in realist fiction and contemporary film / Robyn R. Warhol --
Self-consciousness as a narrative feature and force : tellers vs. informants in generic design / Meir Sternberg --
Effects of sequence, embedding, and ekphrasis in Poe's "The oval portrait" / Emma Kafalenos --
Mrs. Dalloway's progeny : The hours as second-degree narrative / Seymour Chatman --
PART III : Narrative Form and its Relationship to History, Politics, and Ethics --
Genre, repetition, temporal order : some aspects of biblical narratology / David H. Richter --
Why won't our terms stay put? The narrative communication diagram scrutinized and historicized / Harry E. Shaw --
Gender and history in narrative theory : the problem of retrospective distance in David Copperfield and Bleak house / Alison Case --
Narrative judgments and the rhetorical theory of narrative : Ian McEwan's Atonement / James Phelan --
The changing faces of Mount Rushmore : collective portraiture and participatory national heritage / Alison Booth --
The trouble with autobiography : cautionary notes for narrative theorists / Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson --
On a postcolonial narratology / Gerald Prince --
Modernist soundscapes and the intelligent ear : an approach to narrative through auditory perception / Melba Cuddy-Keane --
In two voices, or : Whose life/death/story is it, anyway? / Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan --
PART IV : Beyond Literary Narrative --
Narrative in and of the law / Peter Brooks --
Second nature, cinematic narrative, the historical subject, and Russian ark / Alan Nadal --
Narrativizing the end : death and opera / Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon --
Music and/as cine-narrative or : Ceci n'est pas un leitmotif / Royal S. Brown --
Classical instrumental music and narrative / Fred Everett Maus --
"I'm Spartacus!" / Catherine Gunther Kodat --
Shards of a history of performance art : Pollock and Namuth through a glass, darkly / Peggy Phelan --
EPILOGUE --
Narrative and digitality : learning to think with the medium / Marie-Laure Ryan --
The future of all narrative futures / H. Porter Abbot.
Series Title: Blackwell companions to literature and culture, 33.
Responsibility: edited by James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz.

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