Category: Narrative Theory

Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method – Genette

Genette, Gérard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1983. Print. Genette discusses three possible definitions for the term narrative: 1) has narrative “refer to the narrative statement, the oral or written discourse that undertakes to tell of an event or a series of events” 2) has narrative “refer to the succession of events, real of…

Narrative Design – Bell

Smartt Bell, Madison. Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 1997. Print. In Narrative Design, Madison Smartt Bell offers analysis of plot, character, tone, time management, dialogue, suspense, point of view, imagery, design, symbolism and theme for six linear narratives and six modular narratives. In this way, Bell takes a similar approach…

Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film – Chatman

Chatman, Seymour. Story and Discourse: Narrative Structures in Fiction and Film. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1978. Print. In Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film, Seymour Chatman discusses story events, story existents, nonnarrated stories, and covert versus overt narrators. Of particular utility to me were Chatman’s discussions of events and existence. Before defining events, however, Chatman defines…

Narrative Theory : Core Concepts & Critical Debates – Herman

Herman, David et al. Narrative Theory: Core Concept and Critical Debates. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2012. Print. In Narrative Theory: Core Concepts & Critical Debates, Herman argues for approaching narrative through the lens of worldmaking. He states, “worldmaking encompasses the referential dimensions of narrative, its capacity to evoke worlds in which interpreters can, with more or less…

Narrative Theory: Core Concepts & Critical Debates – Phelan and Rabinowitz

Herman, David et al. Narrative Theory: Core Concept and Critical Debates. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2012. Print. In Narrative Theory: Core Concepts & Critical Debates, Phelan and Rabinowitz approach narrative from a rhetoric perspective. They state in the opening chapter, “We look at narrative primarily as a rhetorical act rather than as an object.” Given this position,…

“Rhetoric of Fiction” – Booth

Booth, Wayne. Rhetoric of Fiction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. Print. In The Rhetoric of Fiction, Wayne Booth argues that the primary function of fiction is to persuade or to make a point. As such, his book dissects the ways and means by which fiction attempts to persuade. One of the first distinctions Booth makes is between “telling,” a…

Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative – Bal

Bal, Mieke. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985. Print. Mieke Bal’s Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative has great utility for discussions of narrative; it clearly sets up and defines the terminologies that are so frequently used with indefinite meaning in the discussion of narrative/story/text/etc. Bal not only outlines the distinction between…