A Theory of Narrative

A Theory of Narrative

by Rick Altman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231144296

ISBN-13: 9780231144292

Pub. Date: 06/26/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Narrative is a powerful element of human culture, storing and sharing the cherished parts of our personal memories and giving structure to our laws, entertainment, and history. We experience narrative in words, pictures, and film, yet regardless of how the tale is told, story remains independent from the media that makes it concrete. Narrative follows humans

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Narrative is a powerful element of human culture, storing and sharing the cherished parts of our personal memories and giving structure to our laws, entertainment, and history. We experience narrative in words, pictures, and film, yet regardless of how the tale is told, story remains independent from the media that makes it concrete. Narrative follows humans wherever they travel and adapts readily to new forms of communication. Constantly evolving and always up-to-date, narrative is a necessary strategy of human expression and a fundamental component of human identity.

In order to understand human interaction, award-winning scholar Rick Altman launches a close study of narrative's nature, its variation in different contexts, and the method through which it makes meaning. Altman's approach breaks away from traditional forms of analysis, identifying three basic strategies: single-focus, dual-focus, and multiple-focus. Unpacking an intentionally diverse selection of texts, Altman demonstrates how these strategies function in context and illustrates their theoretical and practical applications in terms of textual analysis, literary and film history, social organization, religion, and politics. He employs inventive terminology and precise analytical methods throughout his groundbreaking work, making this volume ideal for teaching literary and film theory and for exploring the anatomy of narrative on a more general level.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231144292
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/26/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
1,143,759
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNote1. What is Narrative? 2. The Song...of Roland? 3. Dual-Focus Narrative4. Hester's Speculation5. Single-Focus Narrative6. Pieter Bruegel, or the Space of Multiplicity7. Multiple-Focus Narrative8. Theoretical Conclusion9. Practical ConclusionReferences Index

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