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Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

ISBN-10: 0521659698
ISBN-13: 9780521659697
Edition: 2001
Authors: H. Porter Abbott
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Description: The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative is designed to help readers understand what narrative is, how it is constructed, how it acts upon us, how we act upon it, how it is transmitted, and how it changes when the medium or the cultural context  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 218
Size: 5.80" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative is designed to help readers understand what narrative is, how it is constructed, how it acts upon us, how we act upon it, how it is transmitted, and how it changes when the medium or the cultural context change. Porter Abbott emphasises that narrative is found not just in the arts but everywhere in the ordinary course of peoples lives. Abbott grounds his treatment of narrative by introducing it as a human phenomenon that is not restricted to literature, film, and theatre, but is found in all activities involving the representation of events in time. At the same time, he honours the fact that out of this common capability have come rich and meaningful narratives that we come back to and reflect on repeatedly in our lives. An indispensable tool for students and teachers alike, this book will guide readers through the fundamental aspects of narrative.

Preface
Narrative and life: The universality of narrative
Narrative and time
Narrative perception
Defining narrative: The bare minimum
Story and narrative discourse
The mediation (construction) of story
Constituent and supplementary events
Narrativity
The borders of narrative: Framing narratives
Paratexts
The outer limits of narrative
Is it narrative or is it life itself?
The rhetoric of narrative: Causation
Normalization
Masterplots
Narrative rhetoric at work
Closure: Conflict: the agon
Closure and endings
Closure, suspense, and surprise
Closure at the level of expectations
Closure at the level of questions
Absence of closure
Narration: a few words on interpretation: The narrator
Voice
Focalization
Distance
Reliability
Free indirect style
Narration on stage and screen
Interpretation: The implied author
Underreading
Overreading
Gaps
Cruxes
Repetition: themes and motifs
Three ways to interpret narrative: The question of wholeness in narrative
Intentional readings
Symptomatic readings
Adaptive readings
Adaptation across media: Adaptation as creative destruction
Duration and pace
Character
Figurative language
Gaps
Focalization
Constraints of the marketplace
Character and self in narrative: Character vs. action
Flat and round characters
Can characters be real?
Types
Autobiography
Life writing as performative
Narrative contestation: A contest of narratives
A narrative lattice-work
Shadow stories
Motivation and personality
Masterplots and types
Revising cultural masterplots
Battling narratives are everywhere
Narrative negotiation
Critical reading as narrative negotiation
Closure one more time
The end of closure?
Glossary
Index

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