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By James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz

The 35 unique essays in A spouse to Narrative Theory represent the easiest to be had creation to this very important and contested box of humanistic enquiry.

  • Comprises 35 unique essays written through top figures within the field
  • Includes contributions from pioneers within the box akin to 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 relatives among them
  • Considers narratives in numerous disciplines, resembling legislation and medicine
  • Features analyses of quite a few media, together with movie, tune, and painting
  • Designed to be of curiosity to experts, but obtainable to readers with little previous wisdom of the field

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Prince elaborates on this conception by moving, with impressive swiftness and clarity, through a remarkable number of narratological categories and suggesting how they would look from this new perspective. To take just a few examples, with voice, one would focus on its ‘‘linguistic power or communal representativeness’’; with narrator, one would look at postcolonial status and diegetic situation. Most notably from the perspective of this volume, one would 12 James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz do with space what Susan Friedman does in her essay – pay attention to border crossings and heterotopia.

Other early narratologists shared with Barthes the assumption that all the categories pertaining to sentence-level grammar could be unproblematically scaled up to the discourse level, without compromising the descriptive or explanatory power of the grammatical machinery involved. Todorov’s study of Boccaccio’s Decameron borrowed categories from traditional grammars to compare narrated entities and agents with nouns, actions and events with verbs, and properties with adjectives (Todorov 1969). Genette ([1972] 1980) drew on the same grammatical paradigm in using tense, mood, and voice to characterize the relations between the narrated world, the narrative in terms of which it is presented, and the narrating that enables the presentation.

Contribute to – or swallow up? Even among narrative theorists, there are doubts about the impact of this expansionist (one might even say imperialist) potential, as revealed by the questions raised in several of these essays. The section moves, generally, from verbal to nonverbal fields. We begin with two essays discussing the power of unacknowledged narrative mechanisms in contemporary culture. First, in ‘‘Narrative in and of the Law,’’ Peter Brooks reflects on the ‘‘role of storytelling’’ in the legal realm.

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