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An Introduction to Narratology

1st Edition

By Monika Fludernik


190 pages

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An Introduction to Narratology is an accessible, practical guide to narratological theory and terminology and its application to literature.

In this book, Monika Fludernik outlines:

  • the key concepts of style, metaphor and metonymy, and the history of narrative forms
  • narratological approaches to interpretation and the linguistic aspects of texts, including new cognitive developments in the field
  • how students can use narratological theory to work with texts, incorporating detailed practical examples
  • a glossary of useful narrative terms, and suggestions for further reading.

This textbook offers a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of narratology by a leading practitioner in the field. It demystifies the subject in a way that is accessible to beginners, but also reflects recent theoretical developments and narratology’s increasing popularity as a critical tool.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Narrative and Narrating 2. The Theory of Narrative 3. Text and Authorship 4. The Structure of Narrative 5. The Surface of Narrative 6. Realism, Illusionism and Metafiction 7. Language, the Representation of Speech, and the Stylistics of Narrative 8. Thoughts, Feelings and the Unconscious 9. Narrative Typologies 10. Diachronic Approaches to Narrative 11. Practical Applications 12. Guidelines for Budding Narratologists. Glossary of Narratological Terms. Works Cited. Index

About the Author

Monika Fludernik is Professor of English at the University of Freiburg/Germany. She is the author of The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction (Routledge, 1993) and Towards a 'Natural' Narratology (Routledge, 1996), which was the co-winner of the Perkins Prize of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies