The Narrative Reader

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Martin McQuillan
Psychology Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 353 pages
The Narrative Reader provides a comprehensive survey of theories of narrative from Plato to Post-Structuralism. The selection of texts is bold and broad, demonstrating the extent to which narrative permeates the entire field of literature and culture. It shows the ways in which narrative crosses disciplines, continents and theoretical perspectives and will fascinate students and researchers alike, providing a long overdue point of entry to the complex field of narrative theory.

Canonical texts are combined with those which are difficult to obtain elsewhere, and there are new translations and introductory material. The texts cover crucial issues including:

* formalism

* responses to narratology

* psychoanalysis

* phenomenology

* deconstruction

* structuralism

* narrative and sexual difference

* race

* history

The final section is designed to guide the student reader through the texts, and includes a helpful chronology of narrative theory, a glossary of narrative terms, and a checklist of narrative theories.

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Contents

openings
35
Twentiethcentury Analysis
44
Mikhail Bakhtin from The Dialogic Imagination
53
Stylistic Commentary
63
Wayne Booth from The Rhetoric of Fiction
69
Structuralism
75
Mieke Bal from Narratology
81
Theories
91
Stephen Heath Narrative Space
184
Elizabeth Bronfen Spectral Stories
192
Sexual Difference
198
Teresa de Lauretis Desire in Narrative
204
Sexuality and Narrative
212
Deconstruction
220
Paul de Man Reading Proust
227
BartheSBalZac
238

Gerald Prince Introduction to the Study of the Narratee
99
Readings
109
Umberto Eco Narrative Structure in Ian Fleming
115
Gerald Prince On Narratology Past Present Future
129
Responses
138
Peter Brooks from Reading for the Plot
145
Andrew Gibson from Towards a Postmodern Theory of Narrative
152
Donald N McCloskey Storytelling in Economics
161
John Berger Stories
170
PART II
177
Phenomenology
244
Narrative Modes for Presenting
250
Narrative as
266
Poststructuralism and Since
275
Race
284
Time Narrative and the Margins
292
taxonomies
309
A checklist of narrative theories
330
Index
347
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Martin McQuillan is Lecturer in English at Staffordshire University.

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