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Narrative: The Basics

1st Edition

By Bronwen Thomas


160 pages

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Providing an up-to-date and accessible overview of the essentials of narrative theory, Narrative: The Basics guides the reader through the major approaches to the study of narrative, using contemporary examples from a wide range of narrative forms to answer key questions including:

  • What is narrative?
  • What are the "universals" of narrative?
  • What is the relationship between narrative and ideology?
  • Does the reader have a role in narrative?
  • Has the digital age brought radically new forms of narrative?

Each chapter introduces key theoretical terms, providing thinking points and suggestions for further study. With an emphasis on applying theory to example studies, it is an ideal introduction to the current study of narrative.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Back to Basics: Folk Tales and Fairy Tales 2. Narrative structures 3. Narrative voice and point of view 4. Narrative and Ideology 5. The Role of the Reader 6. ‘Gender trouble’: Feminist approaches to narrative 7. Narrative and Genre 8. New Media Narratives Conclusion

About the Author

Bronwen Thomas is Associate Professor in Linguistics and Literature at Bournemouth University, UK.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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