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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 easiest to be had advent to this important and contested box of humanistic enquiry.

  • Comprises 35 unique essays written through major 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 the entire significant severe methods to narrative and investigates and debates the kin among them
  • Considers narratives in numerous disciplines, akin to legislation and medicine
  • Features analyses of a number of media, together with movie, song, and painting
  • Designed to be of curiosity to experts, but available to readers with little previous wisdom of the field

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Brooks ends his essay by calling for a ‘‘legal narratology,’’ especially one that deals with the reception and construction of stories by the listeners: judges and juries. Alan Nadel, in ‘‘Second Nature, Cinematic Narrative, the Historical Subject, and Russian Ark,’’ studies the impact of unacknowledged conventions in narrative cinema. ’’ This naturalization requires viewers to engage in a kind of learning as forgetting which has significant social and psychological consequences. ’’ The next three essays deal with music, an area that would seem, at first, even further removed from narrative concerns than law and film.

Rabinowitz behavior and cognition, one moving us away from coherent master-narratives toward more fragmentary, open-ended, local narratives. Turning to a reading of the contemporary political scene, including a consideration of the conflicting master-narratives of the September 11, 2001 terrorists and of George W. Bush and his followers, Abbott again suggests that the old structures remain in place. This answer, however, suggests the next question: what is the relation between current developments in narrative e-entertainments and the old structures?

Abbott finds in these developments a resistance to ‘‘the givenness of narrative,’’ and a correspondingly greater interest in the ‘‘prenarratable,’’ that is, experience that is not yet shaped into narrative. More generally, Abbott suggests that this oscillation between the prenarratable and narrative corresponds with a similar oscillation between living and narrating our lives, an oscillation that he sees as necessary for our mental health. ’’ As we look back on this introduction’s navigation – and that of our contributors – between the stony clarity of apparently well-grounded knowledge and the whirling waters of theoretical and interpretive innovation, we see several larger conclusions.

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