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By James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz

ISBN-10: 1405114762

ISBN-13: 9781405114769

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

  • Comprises 35 unique essays written through best figures within the field
  • Includes contributions from pioneers within the box comparable to Wayne C. sales space, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince
  • Represents all of the significant serious techniques to narrative and investigates and debates the relatives among them
  • Considers narratives in several disciplines, corresponding to legislation and medicine
  • Features analyses of quite a few 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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The final section of the chapter returns to Wellek and Warren’s account, reassessing their discussion in light of the larger historical developments of which I here attempt to give an overview. A preliminary note about my title: I use the term genealogy in the sense pioneered by Friedrich Nietzsche ([1887] 1968) and reinvigorated by Michel Foucault ([1971] 1984); in this usage, genealogy is a mode of investigation that seeks to uncover forgotten interconnections; reestablish obscured or unacknowledged lines of descent; expose relationships between institutions, belief-systems, discourses, or modes of analysis that might otherwise be taken to be wholly distinct and unrelated.

The classification of verbal phenomena provided by linguistics should be the basis for a systematically constructed poetics’’ – Steiner points out that ‘‘the model described by Zirmunsky is a synecdoche, a pars pro toto relationship. It substitutes language – the material of verbal art – for art itself, and linguistics – the science of language – for literary studies’’ (p. 138). The narratologists repeated this trope, but drew on Saussure’s work to lend the synecdoche hermeneutic authority as well as quasi-scientific status.

1) Contemporary narrative theory is a flourishing enterprise precisely because it remains strongly aware of its history and tradition even as it pursues its commitment to innovation. If one navigational mistake is to steer too close to either Scylla or Charybdis, an equally grave mistake is to sail on oblivious to both. (2) There is no one best way to navigate between tradition and innovation, and the field is flourishing because its scholars have developed multiple paths even as they continue to invent new ones.

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