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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 simplest on hand advent to this very important and contested box of humanistic enquiry.

  • Comprises 35 unique essays written by means of best figures within the field
  • Includes contributions from pioneers within the box similar to Wayne C. sales space, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince
  • Represents the entire significant severe methods to narrative and investigates and debates the kin among them
  • Considers narratives in several disciplines, similar to legislations and medicine
  • Features analyses of quite a few media, together with movie, song, and painting
  • Designed to be of curiosity to experts, but available to readers with little earlier wisdom of the field

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222); . the distinction between the basic situations and events that form the story-stuff or fabula of a narrative and the composition of those basic elements into the plot or sjuzet (pp. 224–6); that is, the distinction between ‘‘story’’ and ‘‘discourse’’ (Chatman 1978) that was exploited so productively by Francophone structuralists such as Todorov (1966) and Genette ([1972] 1980); . mechanisms of characterization, including the social and anthropological bases for character-types in fiction (pp.

Booth also suggested that an emphasis on showing over telling has costs as well as benefits, cataloging important rhetorical effects that explicit narratorial commentary can be used to accomplish – for example, relating particulars to norms established elsewhere in the text, heightening the significance of events, or manipulating mood. 28 David Herman More generally, Booth’s rigorous expose´ of the incoherence of calls for artistic purity – his demonstration that it is in fact impossible to ‘‘purify’’ narrative fiction of rhetoric, as if separating the wheat from the chaff – aligns his account with neoAristotelian approaches to literary theory.

The story, as I have suggested, is not that simple. 2 Besides interacting synergistically with the guiding principles of the Anglo-American New Critics, whose insistence on the autonomy of verbal art mirrored the Russian Formalists’ emphasis on ‘‘literariness,’’3 the same Formalist ideas that helped shape Wellek and Warren’s approach also affected the development of structuralist narratology. Influenced in their own right by German scholars working on questions of narrative in the early years of the twentieth century (see my next section), Viktor Shklovskii, Boris Tomashevskii, Vladimir Propp, and other Formalists helped establish not only the universe of discourse on which Wellek and Warren drew in their 1949 text, but also the basis for some of the most recognizable topoi of narratology: for example, the decomposition of the story level or content level into obligatory and optional components, and the rethinking of characters as actants (see the next section and the section on ‘‘The Structuralist Synecdoche’’ below for further discussion).

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