Narrative / Edition 1

Narrative / Edition 1

by Paul Cobley
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Taylor & Francis

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Narrative / Edition 1

This comprehensive, accessible guidebook traces the ways in which human beings have used narrative to make sense of time, space and identity over the centuries. Particular attention is given to:
* early narrative, from Hellenic and Hebraic
* the rise of the novel
* realist representation
* imperialism and narrative
* modernism and cinema
* postmodern narrative
* narrative and new technologies.
With a strong emphasis on clarity and a range of examples from oral cultures to cyberspace, this is the ideal guide to an essential critical topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415212632
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Series: New Critical Idiom Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's PrefaceIX
1In the beginning: the end1
Story, plot and narrative4
Phylogeny and ontogeny21
2Early narrative29
Narrative and history30
Orality, literacy and narrative32
Universality and narrative33
Narrative and identity37
Hellenic and Hebraic foundations41
Hybridity and the Western tradition51
A voyage to the self53
3The rise and rise of the novel56
Aristotelian mimesis61
Imitation, quotation and identity63
Epic, identity and the mixed mode67
Questioning the voice in the Middle Ages70
The low form of the romance and the rise of the novel74
The triple rise thesis and beyond77
Instruction, telling and narrative mode81
4Realist representation88
Secretaries to the nineteenth century89
Battles over realism91
Middlemarch and 'classic realism'94
Omniscient narration100
Realism and the voices of narrative104
Narrative with dirt under its fingernails107
5Beyond realism117
Identity and the analysis of Heart of Darkness119
Imperialism and repression123
Imperialism and sexuality127
Narrative, imperialism and the conflict of Western identity132
The reader and the narrative134
Narrative levels138
6Modernism and the cinema146
Writing in light153
The cinema and modernism163
Just another 'realism'?167
'Meta' levels174
The decline of the 'grand narrative'183
New technologies189
8In the end: the beginning201
Narrative in cyberspace202
Reading narrative205
Diversity and genres209
Closure, verisimilitude and the narrative sign215
The future of the narrative sign223

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