Tense And Narrativity

Tense And Narrativity

by Suzanne Fleischman

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ISBN-13: 9780292737266
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Working Definitions and Operational Preliminaries
    • 1.1. Tense
    • 1.2. Aspect
    • 1.3. Situation types
    • 1.4. Grammar, discourse, and the meaning of tense-aspect categories
    • 1.5. Tenses of the past system
    • 1.6. Tenses of the present system
    • 1.7. Tense-aspect in early Romance
  • Chapter 2. A Theory of Tense-Aspect in Narrative Based on Markedness
    • 2.1. The concept of markedness
    • 2.2. Markedness and tense-aspect categories in narrative
  • Chapter 3. “Ungrammatical” Tenses: Background of the Question
    • 3.1. Scope of the phenomenon
    • 3.2. Diegetic and mimetic discourse
    • 3.3. Grammatical “freedom” of the early vernaculars
    • 3.4. Tense alternation as a mark of “literary” écritures
    • 3.5. Prosodic considerations
    • 3.6. Aspectual hypotheses and “situation types”
    • 3.7. The HISTORICAL PRESENT: The “past-more-vivid”
    • 3.8. The NARRATIVE PRESENT, HISTORICAL PRESENT, and PRESENT tense
    • 3.9. Participant tracking
    • 3.10. From oral performance to écriture: Oral residue in written texts
    • 3.11. Performed stories: Medieval and modern, natural and artificial
  • Chapter 4. Narrative Discourse: Typological Considerations
    • 4.1. Verbal representations of experience: Story structure and reality structure
    • 4.2. Differentia specifica of narrative textuality
    • 4.3. Stories, narratives, and other verbalizations of experience
    • 4.4. Narrative fiction
    • 4.5. Modes of discourse: “Storytelling” and “communication”
    • 4.6. Linguistic marks of storytelling
    • 4.7. Tense and aspect as metalinguistic signals of narrative genres
  • Chapter 5. The Linguistic Structure of Narrative
    • Part I. Temporal Structure
      • 5.1. Speaker-now and story-now
      • 5.2. Retrospective discourse and prospective time
      • 5.3. Iconic sequence and the narrative norm
    • Part II. Text Structure
      • 5.4. The global structure of narrative
      • 5.5. Evaluation
      • 5.6. Adapting the natural narrative model to complex narrations
      • 5.7. The clausal structure of narrative
      • 5.8. Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Textual Functions
    • Part I. Grounding: The “Texture” of the Text
      • 6.1. The foreground-background contrast
      • 6.2. Toward a theory of grounding
      • 6.3. Grounding and parataxis
      • 6.4. Tense-aspect and grounding
      • 6.5. Creating cohesion: The chansons de geste
    • Part II. Boundary Marking: The “Space” of the Text
      • 6.6. Tense switching and the segmentation of narrative texts
    • Part III. Information Blocking: The “Tempo” of the Text
      • 6.7. “Co-subordinate” nexus
      • 6.8. Pacing the discourse
  • Chapter 7. Expressive Functions
    • 7.1. Point of view and focalization
    • 7.2. The Speaker and the experiencer
    • 7.3. Free indirect discourse
    • 7.4. Interior monologue
    • 7.5. Tense, temporality, and focalization
    • 7.6. Time, tense, and memory in Proust
    • 7.7. Point of view and the PERFECT
    • 7.8. Tense-aspect and point of view in natural narration
    • 7.9. Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Metalinguistic Functions: Storytelling in the PRESENT
    • 8.1. Epic storytelling: Narration without time
    • 8.2. Romancero: The fragmenting of narrative
    • 8.3. The HISTORICAL PRESENT and beyond
    • 8.4. Transformations of narration in the nouveau roman
    • 8.5. PRESENT-tense fiction: Where is it moving?
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1. Coding Conventions
  • Appendix 2. Texts
  • Notes
  • References
  • I. Texts Cited
  • II. Critical Works
  • Concept and Name Index
  • Index of Texts Cited

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