A Companion to Narrative Theory / Edition 1

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The 35 original essays in A Companion to Narrative Theory constitute the best available introduction to this vital and contested field of humanistic enquiry.

  • Comprises 35 original essays written by leading figures in the field
  • Includes contributions from pioneers in the field such as Wayne C. Booth, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince
  • Represents all the major critical approaches to narrative and investigates and debates the relations between them
  • Considers narratives in different disciplines, such as law and medicine
  • Features analyses of a variety of media, including film, music, and painting
  • Designed to be of interest to specialists, yet accessible to readers with little prior knowledge of the field
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"Written by major narrative theorists, these essays are original tothis volume and are impressively accessible. The editors includeample notes, suggestions for further reading, and a brief glossary.Highly recommended."
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Meet the Author

James Phelan is Humanities Distinguished Professor ofEnglish at Ohio State University. He is the editor of the journalNarrative and the author of several books in narrativetheory, the most recent of which are Living to Tell About It: ARhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration (2005) andExperiencing Fiction: Judgments, Progressions, and theRhetorical Theory of Narrative (2007).

Peter J. Rabinowitz is Professor and Chair of ComparativeLiterature at Hamilton College. His previous publications includeBefore Reading (1987) and Authorizing Readers(coauthored with Michael Smith, 1998). He is also a music criticand serves as a contributing editor of Fanfare.

Phelan and Rabinowitz are coeditors of the Ohio State UniversityPress series on the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative, whichnow has more than twenty-five titles to its credit.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors x

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary NarrativeTheory 1
James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz


1 Histories of Narrative Theory (I): A Genealogy of EarlyDevelopments 19
David Herman

2 Histories of Narrative Theory (II): From Structuralism to thePresent 36
Monika Fludernik

3 Ghosts and Monsters: On the (Im)Possibility of Narrating theHistory of Narrative Theory 60
Brian McHale

PART I New Light on Stubborn Problems 73

4 Resurrection of the Implied Author: Why Bother? 75
Wayne C. Booth

5 Reconceptualizing Unreliable Narration: Synthesizing Cognitiveand Rhetorical Approaches 89
Ansgar F. Nünning

6 Authorial Rhetoric, Narratorial (Un)Reliability, DivergentReadings: Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata 108
Tamar Yacobi

7 Henry James and ‘‘Focalization,’’ orWhy James Loves Gyp 124
J. Hillis Miller

8 What Narratology and Stylistics Can Do for Each Other136
Dan Shen

9 The Pragmatics of Narrative Fictionality 150
Richard Walsh

PART II Revisions and Innovations 165

10 Beyond the Poetics of Plot: Alternative Forms of NarrativeProgression and the Multiple Trajectories of Ulysses 167
Brian Richardson

11 They Shoot Tigers, Don’t They?: Path and Counterpointin The Long Goodbye 181
Peter J. Rabinowitz

12 Spatial Poetics and Arundhati Roy’s The God of SmallThings 192
Susan Stanford Friedman

13 The ‘‘I’’ of the Beholder: EquivocalAttachments and the Limits of Structuralist Narratology 206
Susan S. Lanser

14 Neonarrative; or, How to Render the Unnarratable in RealistFiction and Contemporary Film 220
Robyn R. Warhol

15 Self-consciousness as a Narrative Feature and Force: Tellersvs. Informants in Generic Design 232
Meir Sternberg

16 Effects of Sequence, Embedding, and Ekphrasis in Poe’s‘‘The Oval Portrait’’ 253
Emma Kafalenos

17 Mrs. Dalloway’s Progeny: The Hours as Second-degreeNarrative 269
Seymour Chatman

PART III Narrative Form and its Relationship to History,Politics, and Ethics 283

18 Genre, Repetition, Temporal Order: Some Aspects of BiblicalNarratology 285
David H. Richter

19 Why Won’t Our Terms Stay Put? The NarrativeCommunication Diagram Scrutinized and Historicized 299
Harry E. Shaw

20 Gender and History in Narrative Theory: The Problem ofRetrospective Distance in David Copperfield and Bleak House312
Alison Case

21 Narrative Judgments and the Rhetorical Theory of Narrative:Ian McEwan’s Atonement 322
James Phelan

22 The Changing Faces of Mount Rushmore: Collective Portraitureand Participatory National Heritage 337
Alison Booth

23 The Trouble with Autobiography: Cautionary Notes forNarrative Theorists 356
Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson

24 On a Postcolonial Narratology 372
Gerald Prince

25 Modernist Soundscapes and the Intelligent Ear: An Approach toNarrative Through Auditory Perception 382
Melba Cuddy-Keane

26 In Two Voices, or: Whose Life/Death/Story Is It, Anyway?399
Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan

PART IV Beyond Literary Narrative 413

27 Narrative in and of the Law 415
Peter Brooks

28 Second Nature, Cinematic Narrative, the Historical Subject,and Russian Ark 427
Alan Nadel

29 Narrativizing the End: Death and Opera 441
Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon

30 Music and/as Cine-Narrative or: Ceci n’est pas unleitmotif 451
Royal S. Brown

31 Classical Instrumental Music and Narrative 466
Fred Everett Maus

32 ‘‘I’m Spartacus!’’ 484
Catherine Gunther Kodat

33 Shards of a History of Performance Art: Pollock and NamuthThrough a Glass, Darkly 499
Peggy Phelan


34 Narrative and Digitality: Learning to Think With the Medium515
Marie-Laure Ryan

35 The Future of All Narrative Futures 529
H. Porter Abbott

Glossary 542

Index 552

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