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By James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz

The 35 unique essays in A spouse to Narrative Theory represent the simplest on hand creation to this important and contested box of humanistic enquiry.

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

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Hence, in referring to the chapter as a genealogy, I mean to clarify its aims: to situate recent theories of narrative in a complex lineage, a network of historical and conceptual affiliations, and thereby underscore how those theories constitute less a singular continuous tradition of research than a cluster of developments marked by family resemblances. Such resemblances are readily recognized yet notoriously difficult to define (Wittgenstein [1953] 1958; see the final section below). Theory of Literature and Narrative Theory: A Case Study Published during the heyday of the New Criticism, Wellek and Warren’s Theory of Literature helped shape Anglo-American formalist literary theory in general, as well as research on narrative fiction in particular.

Description and description vs. dialogue, James remarks: ‘‘A novel is a living thing, all one and continuous, like any other organism, and in proportion as it lives will it be found, I think, that in each of the parts there is something of each of the other parts’’ (Miller 1972: 36). It is in this same context that James poses his famous two-part rhetorical question, suggesting that characters and events cannot be understood in isolation from the plot by which they are linked together and from which they acquire their significance in the first place: ‘‘What is character but the determination of incident?

The narratologists repeated this trope, but drew on Saussure’s work to lend the synecdoche hermeneutic authority as well as quasi-scientific status. 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.

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