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Nature of Narrative

ISBN-10: 0195151763
ISBN-13: 9780195151763
Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)
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Description: For the past forty years The Nature of Narrative has been a seminal work for literary students, teachers, writers, and scholars. Countering the tendency to view the novel as the paradigm case of literary narrative, authors Robert Scholes and Robert  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

For the past forty years The Nature of Narrative has been a seminal work for literary students, teachers, writers, and scholars. Countering the tendency to view the novel as the paradigm case of literary narrative, authors Robert Scholes and Robert Kellogg in the original edition offered a compelling history of the genre narrative from antiquity to the twentieth-century, even as they carried out their main task of describing and analyzing the nature of narrative's main elements: meaning, character, plot, and point of view. Their history emphasized the broad sweep of literary narrative from ancient times to the contemporary period, and it included a chapter on the oral heritage of written narrative and an appendix on the interior monologue in ancient texts. The fortieth anniversary edition of this groundbreaking work has been revised and expanded to include a new preface and a lengthy chapter on developments in narrative theory since 1966 by James Phelan. This chapter describes the principles and practices of structuralist, cognitive, feminist, and rhetorical approaches to narrative, paying special attention to their work on plot, character, and narrative discourse. A continued leader in the field of narrative studies, The Nature of Narrative offers unique and invaluable histories of both narrative and narrative theory.

Robert Scholes is Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. He is the author of many books of literary theory.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The Narrative Tradition
The Oral Heritage of Written Narrative
The Classical Heritage of Modern Narrative
Meaning in Narrative
Character in Narrative
Plot in Narrative
Point of View in Narrative
Narrative Theory, 1966-2006: A Narrative
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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