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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.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||6 MB|
About the Author
Rick Altman is professor of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa. Among his many titles on film is Columbia University Press's Silent Film Sound, which won the Limina Award for Best Cinema Studies book, the Theater Library Association Award, and was a finalist for the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award.
Table of Contents
1. What is Narrative?
2. The Song...of Roland?
3. Dual-Focus Narrative
4. Hester's Speculation
5. Single-Focus Narrative
6. Pieter Bruegel, or the Space of Multiplicity
7. Multiple-Focus Narrative
8. Theoretical Conclusion
9. Practical Conclusion
What People are Saying About This
Rick Altman makes a genuinely rich and very useful move in the theory of narrative and does so with style, elegance, clarity, and verve. There are even some touches of humor, and the whole is immensely readable. He grounds his argument in a large number of examples, and a good deal of his book's persuasive force derives precisely from the range and variety of these examples.