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Universal Grammar and Narrative Form

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In a major rethinking of the functions, methods, and aims of narrative poetics, David Herman exposes important links between modernist and postmodernist literary experimentation and contemporary language theory. Ultimately a search for new tools for narrative theory, his work clarifies complex connections between science and art, theory and culture, and philosophical analysis and narrative discourse.
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In a major rethinking of the functions, methods, and aims of narrative poetics, David Herman exposes important links between modernist and postmodernist literary experimentation and contemporary language theory. Ultimately a search for new tools for narrative theory, his work clarifies complex connections between science and art, theory and culture, and philosophical analysis and narrative discourse.
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"This book will reward the serious reader and will find an honorable place amidst all those who are trying to find a way out of the abnormal science that literary theory has become in the last twenty years."—Michael Holquist, Yale University
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prefatory Note On Translations and Citation Format
Introduction: The Project of Universal Grammar: Some Historical and Methodological Considerations 1
1 The Modeling of Syntactic Structures: "Sirens," Schonberg, and the Acceptations of Syntax 37
2 Semantic Dimensions: Objects and Models in Kafka's Der Prozess 95
3 Toward a Metapragmatics of Represented Discourse: Prague School Functionalism and Woolf's Between the Acts 139
4 Postmodernism as Secondary Grammar 185
5 Modes of Meaning in Film 203
Notes 225
References 255
Index 279
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