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Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film / Edition 1
     

Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film / Edition 1

by Seymour Chatman
 

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ISBN-10: 080149186X

ISBN-13: 9780801491863

Pub. Date: 06/01/1980

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"For the specialist in the study of narrative structure, this is a solid and very perceptive exploration of the issues salient to the telling of a story—whatever the medium. Chatman, whose approach here is at once dualist and structuralist, divides his subject into the 'what' of the narrative (Story) and the 'way' (Discourse). . . Chatman's command of his

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"For the specialist in the study of narrative structure, this is a solid and very perceptive exploration of the issues salient to the telling of a story—whatever the medium. Chatman, whose approach here is at once dualist and structuralist, divides his subject into the 'what' of the narrative (Story) and the 'way' (Discourse). . . Chatman's command of his material is impressive."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801491863
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1980
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction
Narrative and Poetics
Elements of a Narrative Theory
Is Narrative a Semiotic Structure?
Manifestation and Physical Object
Narrative Inference, Selection, and Coherence
A Sketch of Narrative Structure
A Comic Strip Example
"Reading" and "Reading Out"

2. Story: Events
Sequence, Contingency, Causality
Verisimilitude and Motivation
Kernels and Satellites
Stories and Antistories
Suspense and Surprise
Time and Plot
Order, Duration, and Frequency
How Time Distinctions Are Manifested
Narrative Macrostructure and the Typology of Plot

3. Story: Existents
Story-Space and Discourse-Space
Story-Space in Cinematic Narrative
Story-Space in Verbal Narrative
Story-Existents: Character
Aristotle's Theory of Character
Formalist and Structuralist Conceptions of Character
Todorov and Barthes on Character
Are Characters Open or Closed Constructs?
Toward an Open Theory of Character
Character: A Paradigm of Traits
Kinds of Character
A. C. Bradley and the Analysis of Character Setting

4. Discourse: Nonnarrated Stories
Real Author, Implied Author, Narrator, Real Reader, Implied Reader, Naratee
Point of View and Its Relation to Narrative Voice
Point of View in Film
Narrators' and Characters' Speech Acts
"Nonnarrated" Representation in General
Nonnarrated Types: Written Records
Pure Speech Records
Soliloquy
Records of Thought: Direct Free Style = Interior Monologue
Stream of Consciousness = Free Association
Interior Monologue in the Cinema

5. Discourse: Covert versus Overt Narrators
Covert Narrators Presupposition
Indirect Tagged and Free Style
The Manipulation of Sentences for Narrative Purposes: Presupposition as an Example
Limitation of Authority in Narrative Transmission
Shifting Limited versus Omniscient Mental Access
Overt Narration: Set Descriptions
Overt Narration: Temporal Summaries
Reports of What Characters Did Not Think or Say
Ethos and Commentary
Commentary
Implicit Commentary: Ironic Narrator and Unreliable Narrator
Commentary and the Story: Interpretation
Commentary and the Story: Judgment
Commentary and the Story: Generalization
Commentary on the Discourse
The Narratee

Conclusion

Appendix: Diagram of Narrative Structure

Indexes: Author and Title, Subject

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