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Jonathan Culler Narrative Essay

Foreword by Jonathan Cutler
Translator's Preface

1. Order
2. Duration
3. Frequency
4. Mood
5. Voice


"This book is generally considered one of the most- significant contributions to literary criticism in the 1970's, and it is almost essential or anyone doing serious study of narrative. The book is difficult and introduces a great deal of terminology, some of which has already been adopted by critics. It is well organized and systematic, a good example of what Robert Pirsig called the classical manner, a whole divided into its subordinate parts, those parts being further subdivided. To illustrate the use of his narrative analysis Genette applies it to Proust's Remembrance of Things Past and provides us with an insight into that great series." —Lawrence J. Gorman (April, 1984)

Title Narrative Discourse
Subtitle An Essay in Method
Translated by Jane E. Lewin
Publisher Cornell University Press
BISAC Subject Heading LIT006000 LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 31 August 1983
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: DSA
ISBN-13 978-0-8014-9259-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780801492594
Publication Date 31 August 1983
Publication Ithaca, United States
Main content page count 288

What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is literature, and does it matter? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this Very Short Introduction to literary theory. Often a controversial subject, said to have transformed the study of culture and society in the past two decades, literary theory is accused of undermining respect for tradition and truth and encouraging suspicion about the political and psychological implications of cultural projects rather than admiration for great literature. Here, Jonathan Culler explains 'theory', not by describing warring 'schools' but by sketching key 'moves' theory has encouraged, and speaking directly about the implications of theory for thinking about literature, human identity, and the power of language. In this new edition Culler takes a look at new material, including the 'death of theory', the links between the theory of narrative and cognitive science, trauma theory, ecocriticism, and includes a new chapter on 'Ethics and aesthetics'. This lucid introduction is useful for anyone who has wondered what all the fuss is about or who wants to think about literature today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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