Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative

Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative

by David Herman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803273428

ISBN-13: 9780803273429

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback

Featuring a major synthesis and critique of interdisciplinary narrative theory, Story Logic marks a watershed moment in the study of narrative. David Herman argues that narrative is simultaneously a cognitive style, a discourse genre, and a resource for writing. Because stories are strategies that help humans make sense of their world, narratives not

Overview

Featuring a major synthesis and critique of interdisciplinary narrative theory, Story Logic marks a watershed moment in the study of narrative. David Herman argues that narrative is simultaneously a cognitive style, a discourse genre, and a resource for writing. Because stories are strategies that help humans make sense of their world, narratives not only have a logic but also are a logic in their own right, providing an irreplaceable resource for structuring and comprehending experience.

Story Logic brings together and pointedly examines key concepts of narrative in literary criticism, linguistics, and cognitive science, supplementing them with a battery of additional concepts that enable many different kinds of narratives to be analyzed and understood. By thoroughly tracing and synthesizing the development of different strands of narrative theory and provocatively critiquing what narratives are and how they work, Story Logic provides a powerful interpretive tool kit that broadens the applicability of narrative theory to more complex forms of stories, however and wherever they appear. Story Logic offers a fresh and incisive way to appreciate more fully the power and significance of narratives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803273429
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Frontiers of Narrative Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
List of Tablesxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
Part 1Narrative Microdesigns
1.States, Events, and Actions27
2.Action Representations53
3.Scripts, Sequences, and Stories85
4.Participant Roles and Relations115
5.Dialogues and Styles171
Part 2Narrative Macrodesigns
6.Temporalities211
7.Spatialization263
8.Perspectives301
9.Contextual Anchoring331
Notes373
Bibliography419
Index453

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