A Companion to Narrative Theory (Blackwell Companions to by James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz

By James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz

The 35 unique essays in A significant other to Narrative Theory represent the simplest to be had advent to this very important and contested box of humanistic enquiry.

  • Comprises 35 unique essays written by way of major figures within the field
  • Includes contributions from pioneers within the box reminiscent of Wayne C. sales space, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince
  • Represents all of the significant serious ways to narrative and investigates and debates the kin among them
  • Considers narratives in numerous disciplines, similar to legislation and medicine
  • Features analyses of various media, together with movie, tune, and painting
  • Designed to be of curiosity to experts, but available to readers with little past wisdom of the field

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Alison Booth’s ‘‘The Changing Faces of Mount Rushmore: Collective Portraiture and Participatory National Heritage’’ investigates the connection between portraits and biographies and between collective biography and politics. Her method is to focus on decisions about whose portrait/ Introduction 11 biography gets included in galleries of literary figures and at sites designed to memorialize significant parts of American history such as Mount Rushmore and the Hall of Fame of Great Americans. In each case, Booth traces a complex interaction among the choice of an individual portrait (and its implied biography), the development of a collective portrait (for which she uses the term ‘‘prosopography’’), and the significance of that collective portrait for the larger national community.

Porter Abbott’s ‘‘The Future of All Narrative Futures,’’ is a meditation on the power of narrative form and its consequences for the future of narrative, based on Abbott’s analysis of current ‘‘technologically assisted’’ narrative entertainments. Although he begins by noting that such narratives (MOOs and MUDs as well as the kinds Ryan analyzes) have expanded the domain of narrative and focused more attention on interactivity, Abbott ultimately sees more similarity than difference between the fundamental structures of these narratives and print narrative than Ryan does.

Strategies for the representation of characters’ consciousness as well as speech (pp. 233–4); and . the notion that the ‘‘truth’’ of narrative fiction arises from the way its components hang together to form a Kosmos sufficient unto itself, whereas the truth of a 22 David Herman historical account depends on the extent to which it matches, in some sense, the way the world is (pp. 219–22). But is it the case that by targeting these issues the authors in fact anticipated or prefigured subsequent approaches to narrative theory – for example, approaches enabled by the birth of narratology in France?

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