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1st Edition

The Reader's Construction of Narrative

ISBN 9781138684638
Published January 11, 2018 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, first published in 1981, the author argues that narrative is an interaction between "the presented world and the presentational process" and attempts to define narrative from the perspective of reading. The Reader’s Construction of Narrative includes chapters on narrative language, translating narrative and discusses what happens when we read a narrative text. This book will be of particular interest to students of literary theory.

Table of Contents

Preface;  1. What happens when we read a narrative text?  2. Presentational process and ‘narrative transgression’  3. Narrative language  4. Narrative stratification and the dialectic of reading  5. Ladders of fictionality  6. Bracketed world and reader construction in the modern short story  7. Narrative strands: presented and presentational  8. Acts of narrating: transformations of presentational control  9. Parodic narrative  10. Narrative and the form-content metaphor  11. Translating narrative  12. Fictional modality: a challenge to linguistics;  Notes;  Index

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