Category: Scholarly Annotations

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…

Gender Trouble (Chapter 1) – Butler

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and Subversion of Identity. Hoboken, NJ: Taylor and Francis, 2001. Print. In Gender Trouble, Judith Butler analyzes and critiques the problematic qualities of sex/gender theories that predate her own. Butler begins with a discussion of what constitutes “woman.” Butler argues that the idea of woman is limited or subjugated by the same power structures through…

Videogames Revived the Social Media Star – Spence

At the LHBN conference held March 5-8, Mike Spence delivered a presentation on Let’s Plays and the Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) methodolgy entitled “Videogames Revived the Social Media Star.” In his presentation, Spence argues that “using successful social media personalities on video sharing websites introduces a high level of performativity into video games design, leading to videogame developers responding with interactive experiences capable…

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…