The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative / Edition 2

The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative / Edition 2

by H. Porter Abbott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521715156

ISBN-13: 9780521715157

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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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 lucid exposition of concepts and suggestions for further reading, this book is not only an excellent introduction for courses focused on narrative but also an invaluable resource for students and scholars across a wide range of fields, including literature and drama, film and media, society and politics, journalism, autobiography, history, and still others throughout the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521715157
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
380,399
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents


List of illustrations     xi
Preface     xii
Preface to the second edition     xv
Acknowledgments     xvii
Narrative and life     1
The universality of narrative     1
Narrative and time     3
Narrative perception     6
Defining narrative     13
The bare minimum     13
Story and narrative discourse     16
The mediation (construction) of story     20
Constituent and supplementary events     22
Narrativity     24
The borders of narrative     28
Framing narratives     28
Paratexts     30
The outer limits of narrative     31
Hypertext narrative     32
Is it narrative or is it life itself?     35
The rhetoric of narrative     40
The rhetoric of narrative     40
Causation     41
Normalization     44
Masterplots     46
Narrative rhetoric at work     49
Closure     55
Conflict: the agon     55
Closure and endings     56
Closure, suspense, and surprise     57
Closure atthe level of expectations     58
Closure at the level of questions     60
The absence of closure     62
Narration     67
A few words on interpretation     67
The narrator     68
Does the narrator narrate everything?     69
Voice     70
Focalization     73
Distance     74
Reliability     75
Free indirect style     77
Narration on stage and screen     79
Interpreting narrative     83
The implied author     84
Underreading     86
Overreading     89
Gaps     90
Cruxes     92
Repetition: themes and motifs     95
Three ways to interpret narrative     100
The question of wholeness in narrative     100
Intentional readings     102
Symptomatic readings     104
Adaptive readings     106
Adaptation across media     112
Adaptation as creative destruction     112
Duration and pace     114
Character     116
Figurative language     118
Gaps      121
Focalization     123
Constraints of the marketplace     125
Character and self in narrative     130
Character vs. action     130
Flat and round characters     133
Can characters be real?     134
Types     136
Autobiography     138
Life writing as performative     141
Narrative and truth     145
Fiction and nonfiction     145
How do we know if it's fiction or nonfiction?     147
Historical fact in fiction     150
The truth of fiction     153
Narrative worlds     160
Narrative space     160
The mind of the storyworld     165
Multiple worlds: forking-path narratives     167
Multiple worlds: narrative metalepsis     169
Narrative contestation     175
A contest of narratives     175
A narrative lattice-work     179
Shadow stories     182
Motivation and personality     183
Masterplots and types     185
Revising cultural masterplots     187
Battling narratives are everywhere     189
Narrative negotiation     193
Narrative negotiation     194
Critical reading as narrative negotiation     199
Closure, one more time     205
The end of closure?     209
Notes     214
Bibliography     223
Glossary and topical index     228
Index of authors and narratives     244

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