Strange Voices in Narrative Fiction

Strange Voices in Narrative Fiction

In “How Strange Are the Strange Voices of Fiction?” Lars-Åke Skalin proposes an “Aristotelian” counter-model to standard narrotological theories and their common assumption of a general retrospective position of narration.

Author: Per Krogh Hansen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110268645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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From its beginnings narratology has incorporated a communicative model of literary narratives, considering these as simulations of natural, oral acts of communication. This approach, however, has had some problems with accounting for the strangeness and anomalies of modern and postmodern narratives. As many skeptics have shown, not even classical realism conforms to the standard set by oral or ‘natural’ storytelling. Thus, an urge to confront narratology with the difficult task of reconsidering a most basic premise in its theoretical and analytical endeavors has, for some time, been undeniable. During the 2000s, Nordic narratologists have been among the most active and insistent critics of the communicative model. They share a marked skepticism towards the idea of using ‘natural’ narratives as a model for understanding and interpreting all kinds of narratives, and for all of them, the distinction of fiction is of vital importance. This anthology presents a collection of new articles that deal with strange narratives, narratives of the strange, or, more generally, with the strangeness of fiction, and even with some strange aspects of narratology.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Speech Writing and Thought Presentation in 19th Century Narrative Fiction

Speech  Writing  and Thought Presentation in 19th Century Narrative Fiction

this chapter Focuses on the functional interplay between passages of narration in close proximity to and therefore ... realized in 19th-century narrative fiction and what functional potential for narrative progression (Toolan 2009, ...

Author: Beatrix Busse

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190920821

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Reference to or quotation from someone's speech, thoughts, or writing is a key component of narrative. These reports further a narrative, make it more interesting, natural, and vivid, ask the reader to engage with it, and reflect historical cultural understandings of modes of discourse presentation. To a large extent, the way we perceive a story depends on the ways it presents discourse, and along with it, speech, writing, and thought. In this book, Beatrix Busse investigates speech, writing, and thought presentation in a corpus of 19th-century narrative fiction including Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, and many others. At the intersection between corpus linguistics and stylistics, this book develops a new corpus-stylistic approach for systematically analyzing the different narrative strategies of discourse presentation in key pieces of 19th-century narrative fiction. Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative Fiction identifies diachronic patterns as well as unique authorial styles, and places them within their cultural-historical context. It also suggests ways for automatically identifying forms of discourse presentation, and shows that the presentation of characters' minds reflects an ideological as well as an epistemological concern about what cannot be reported, portrayed, or narrated. Through insightful interdisciplinary analysis, Busse demonstrates that discourse presentation fulfills the function of prospection and encapsulation, marks narrative progression, and shapes readers' expectations.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Style and Rhetoric of Short Narrative Fiction

Style and Rhetoric of Short Narrative Fiction

Before bringing the book to an end, I would like to offer the following eight theses for uncovering the covert progression: Thesis one: In many fictional narratives, there are dual narrative dynam- ics—a covert progression behind the ...

Author: Dan Shen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136202421

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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In many fictional narratives, the progression of the plot exists in tension with a very different and powerful dynamic that runs, at a hidden and deeper level, throughout the text. In this volume, Dan Shen systematically investigates how stylistic analysis is indispensable for uncovering this covert progression through rhetorical narrative criticism. The book brings to light the covert progressions in works by the American writers Edgar Allan Poe, Stephan Crane and Kate Chopin and British writer Katherine Mansfield.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Contemporary World Narrative Fiction and the Spaces of Neoliberalism

Contemporary World Narrative Fiction and the Spaces of Neoliberalism

Despite the fact that women only make up about a quarter of Dubai's population (Krane 220), woman-centered genres of popular fiction, particularly 'chick lit' narratives and contemporary novels of manners, make up a sizeable ...

Author: Michael K. Walonen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137549556

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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This book is a transnational study of how contemporary fiction writers from the United States and Canada to Nigeria to India to Dubai have conceptualized the emergent social spaces of the diverse corners of the neoliberal world system. Over the span of the past three to four decades, free market economic policies have been sold to or pushed upon every society on the globe in some way, shape, or form. The upshot of this has been a world system structured in terms of a vast shift of power and resources from government to private enterprise, dwindling civic life replaced by rising consumerism, an emerging oligarchic rentier class, large segments of population faced with meager material conditions of existence and few prospects of socio-economic mobility, and a looming sense of a near future dominated by further economic collapses and mounting social strife. This book analyses a wide cultural array of some of the most poignant narrative engagements with neoliberalism in its various localized manifestations throughout the world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Narrative of Chinese and Western Popular Fiction

Narrative of Chinese and Western Popular Fiction

Therefore although the narrative of ancient Chinese fiction usually conform to chronological order and follow linear progression, anachronies and delay of story time can also be found, as indicated by the excerpt above.

Author: Yonglin Huang

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783662575758

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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This book presents a comprehensive and systematic study of the narrative history and narrative methods of Chinese and Western popular fiction from the perspectives of narratology, comparative literature, and art and literature studies by adopting the methodology of parallel comparison. The book is a pioneering work that systematically investigates the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western popular fiction, and traces the root causes leading to the differences. By means of narrative comparison, it explores the conceptual and spiritual correlations and differences between Chinese and Western popular fiction and, by relating them to the root causes of cultural spirit, allows us to gain an insight into the cultural heritage of different nations. The book is structured in line with a cause-and-effect logical sequence and moves from the macroscopic to the microscopic, from history to reality, and from theory to practice. The integration of macro-level theoretical studies and micro-level case studies is both novel and effective. This book was awarded Second Prize at the Sixth Outstanding Achievement Awards in Scientific Research for Chinese Institutions of Higher Learning (Humanities & Social Sciences, 2013).
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Fiction of Narrative

The Fiction of Narrative

... 1957–2007 Hayden White Robert Doran. envisaged, the task of progressive criticism and theory was to destroy the authority of narration, not only in historical writing but also and perhaps preeminently in fictional writing as well.

Author: Hayden White

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801894800

Category: History

Page: 382

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For students and scholars of historiography, the theory of history, and literary studies, Robert Doran (French and comparative literature, U. of Rochester) gathers together 23 previously uncollected essays written by theorist and historian Hayden White (comparative literature, Stanford U.) from 1957 to 2007, on his theories of historical writing and narrative. Essays are organized chronologically and reveal the evolution of White's thought and its relationship to theories of the time, as well as the impact on the way scholars think about historical representation, the discipline of history, and how historiography intersects with other areas, especially literary studies. They specifically address theory of tropes, theory of narrative, and figuralism.
Categories: History

History Narrative and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh s Fiction

History  Narrative  and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh s Fiction

This brings us to one of the central issues in Ghosh's narratives that continue to interest critics, namely, the way his fictional narratives invariably center on a historical event or events and make it their focus.

Author: Chitra Sankaran

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438441825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Comprehensive overview of the work of Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Time and Narrative Volume 1

Time and Narrative  Volume 1

The most apparent , and perhaps also the most intractable one , proceeds from the undeniable asymmetry between the referential modes of historical and fictional narrative . Only history can claim a reference inscribed in empirical ...

Author: Paul Ricoeur

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226713326

Category: History

Page: 286

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Discusses the conflict between subjective time and historical time, looks at how fiction and historical writings create a model of temporal experience, and considers the question of sense and reference
Categories: History

Sports Narrative and Nation in the Fiction of F Scott Fitzgerald

Sports  Narrative  and Nation in the Fiction of F  Scott Fitzgerald

fictional framework in which Merriwell's feats were featured stages his actions just as a football stadium might, putting readers in the place of fans. Working with the assumption that the same holds true for the heroes of Fitzgerald's ...

Author: Jarom McDonald

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135860745

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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This study examines the ways that F. Scott Fitzgerald portrayed organized spectator sports as working to help structure ideologies of class, community, and nationhood. Situating the study in the landscape of late nineteenth/early twentieth-century American sport culture, Chapter One shows how narratives of attending ballgames, reading or listening to sports media, and being a ‘fan,’ cultivate communities of spectatorship. Adopting this same framework, the next three chapters explore how Fitzgerald’s literary representations of sport culture express the complexities of American society. Chapter Two specifically considers the ‘intense and dramatic spectacle’ of college football in ‘This Side of Paradise’ as a means of exploring links between spectatorship, emulation and ideology. Chapter Three continues with college football as its theme, but this time looks at how it is portrayed in Fitzgerald’s short stories, in order to scrutinize the relationship between the performative aspects of sport and the performative aspects of social class. Finally, Chapter Four scrutinizes how The Great Gatsby critiques the romantic nationalist ideology of ‘America’s game’ by revealing the class divisions and tensions of baseball’s spectator culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Narrative Form

Narrative Form

To be sure, not all worldmaking creates fictional worlds, but narrative fiction engages in worldmaking in order to function, and has done so in many modes of storytelling. Some forms of emerging narrative, produced by players within a ...

Author: Suzanne Keen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137439598

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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This revised and expanded handbook concisely introduces narrative form to advanced students of fiction and creative writing, with refreshed references and new discussions of cognitive approaches to narrative, nonfiction, and narrative emotions.
Categories: Literary Criticism