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The Cambridge introduction to narrative

The Cambridge introduction to narrative

Author: H Porter Abbott
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2008] ©2008
Series: Cambridge introductions to literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
From the publisher. What is narrative? How does it work and how does it shape our lives and the texts we read? H. Porter Abbott emphasizes that narrative is found not just in literature, film, and theater, but everywhere in the ordinary course of people's lives. This widely used introduction, now thoroughly revised, is informed throughout by recent developments in the field and includes two new chapters. With its  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Porter Abbott
ISBN: 9780521887199 0521887194 9780521715157 0521715156 9780511816932 0511816936
OCLC Number: 183392815
Description: xvii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations --
Preface --
Preface to the second edition --
Acknowledgments --
1. Narrative and life: The universality of narrative ; Narrative and time ; Narrative perception --
2. Defining narrative : The bare minimum ; Story and narrative discourse ; The mediation (construction) of story ; Constituent and supplementary events ; Narrativity --
3. The borders of narrative : Framing narratives ; Paratexts ; The outer limits of narrative ; Hypertext narrative ; Is it narrative or is it life itself? --
4. The rhetoric of narrative : The rhetoric of narrative ; Causation ; Normalization ; Masterplots ; Narrative rhetoric at work --
5. Closure : Conflict: the agon ; Closure and endings ; Closure, suspense, and surprise ; Closure at the level of expectations; Closure at the level of questions ; The absence of closure --
6. Narration : A few words on interpretation ; The narrator ; Does the narrator narrate everything? ; Voice ; Focalization ; Distance ; Reliability ; Free indirect style ; Narration on stage and screen --
7. Interpreting narrative : The implied author ; Underreading ; Gaps ; Cruxes ; Repetition: themes and motifs --
8. Three ways to interpret narrative : The question of wholeness in narrative ; Intentional readings ; Symptomatic readings ; Adaptive readings --
9. Adaptation across media : Adaptation as creative destruction ; Duration and pace ; Character; Figurative language ; Gaps ; Focalization ; Constraints of the marketplace --
10. Character and self in narrative : Character vs. action ; Flat and round characters ; Can characters be real? ; Types ; Autobiography ; Life writing as performative --
11. Narrative and truth : Fiction and nonfiction ; How do we know if it's fiction or nonfiction ; Historical fact in fiction ; The truth of fiction --
12. Narrative worlds : Narrative space ; The mind of the storyworld ; Multiple worlds: forking-path narratives ; Multiple worlds: narrative metalepsis --
13. Narrative contestation : A contest of narratives ; A narrative lattice-work ; Shadow stories ; Motivation and personality ; Masterplots and types ; Revising cultural masterplots ; Battling narratives are everywhere --
14. Narrative negotiation : Narrative negotiation ; Critical reading as narrative negotiation ; Closure, one more time ; The end of closure? --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Glossary and topical index --
Index of authors and narratives.
Series Title: Cambridge introductions to literature.
Responsibility: H. Porter Abbott.
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'Abbott brilliantly zeroes in on the architecture of narrative with an exactness and bent for orderly exposition that utterly redeems his subject.' The Chronicle of Higher Education 'Anyone seeking a Read more...

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