Basic Elements of Narrative / Edition 1

Basic Elements of Narrative / Edition 1

by David Herman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405141530

ISBN-13: 9781405141536

Pub. Date: 02/04/2009

Publisher: Wiley

Basic Elements of Narrative outlines a way of thinking about what narrative is and how to identify its basic elements across the many communicative media in which stories are told and interpreted, exchanged and transformed. Providing a synopsis of key concepts developed by previous theorists, the book contributes original ideas to the growing body of

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Basic Elements of Narrative outlines a way of thinking about what narrative is and how to identify its basic elements across the many communicative media in which stories are told and interpreted, exchanged and transformed. Providing a synopsis of key concepts developed by previous theorists, the book contributes original ideas to the growing body of scholarship on stories. Viewing narrative in three ways – as a cognitive structure, a type of text, and a resource for communicative interaction – this book characterizes stories as a basic human strategy for coming to terms with time, process, and change. Citing examples from literature, face-to-face interaction, graphic novels, and film, David Herman reveals what different stories have in common, and explores what remains constant when the same story is told in different media. Including a glossary of key terms, a full bibliography, and a comprehensive index, Basic Elements of Narrative is designed to be accessible to students as well as educated non-specialists. The concise, up-to-date treatment of foundational concepts also makes this book an ideal reference for scholars in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405141536
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

The Elements.

Preface.

The Scope and Aims of This Book.

Storytelling Media and Modes of Narration.

Acknowledgments.

1. Getting Started: A Thumbnail Sketch of the Approach Developed in This Book.

Toward a Working Definition of Narrative.

Profiles of Narrative.

Narrative: Basic Elements.

2. Background and Context: Framing the Approach.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Narrative and Narrative Theory.

Major Trends in Recent Scholarship on Narrative.

3. Back to the Elements: Narrative Occasions.

Situating Stories.

Sociolinguistic Approaches.

Positioning Theory.

The Narrative Communication Model.

Conclusion.

4. Temporality, Particularity, and Narrative: An Excursion into the Theory of Text Types.

From Contexts of Narration to Narrative as a Type of Text.

Text Types and Categorization Processes.

Narrative as a Text-Type Category: Descriptions vs. Stories vs. Explanations.

Summing up: Text Types, Communicative Competence, and the Role of Stories in Science.

5. The Third Element: Or, How to Build a Storyworld.

Narratives as Blueprints for Worldmaking.

Narrative Ways of Worldmaking.

Narrative Worlds: A Survey of Approaches.

Configuring Narrative Worlds: The WHAT, WHERE, and WHEN Dimensions of Storyworlds.

Worlds Disrupted: Narrativity and Noncanonical Events.

6. The Nexus of Narrative and Mind.

The Consciousness Factor.

Consciousness Across Narrative Genres.

Experiencing Minds: What It's Like, Qualia, Raw Feels.

Storied Minds: Narrative Foundations of Consciousness?.

Appendix.

Reproduction of Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" (1927).

Transcript of a Story Told during Face-to-Face Interaction: UFO or the Devil.

Pages from Daniel's Clowes's Graphic Novel Ghost World (1997).

Screenshots from Terry Zwigoff's Film Version of Ghost World (2001).

Glossary.

References.

Index

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