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The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Literature

  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521715157

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  • What is narrative? How does it work and how does it shape our lives and the texts we read? H. Porter Abbott emphasizes that narrative is found not just in literature, film, and theater, but everywhere in the ordinary course of people's lives. This widely used introduction, now thoroughly revised, is informed throughout by recent developments in the field and includes two new chapters. With its lucid exposition of concepts and suggestions for further reading, this book is not only an excellent introduction for courses focused on narrative but also an invaluable resource for students and scholars across a wide range of fields, including literature and drama, film and media, society and politics, journalism, autobiography, history, and still others throughout the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

    • Revised throughout and fully updated to take account of important recent work in the field
    • Includes two completely new chapters on the relationship between fiction and non-fiction narratives
    • All the features of the successful first edition: accessible style, glossary, guide to further reading
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Abbott brilliantly zeroes in on the architecture of narrative with an exactness and bent for orderly exposition that utterly redeems his subject.' The Chronicle of Higher Education

    'Anyone seeking a lucidly written guide to the study of narrative technique should turn immediately to H. Porter Abbott's Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.' Literature/Film Quarterly

    'Written in an unfailingly lucid style that nonetheless refuses to 'dumb down' the major research questions facing analysts of stories, this book provides an ideal starting-point for readers seeking a synoptic overview of recent scholarship on narrative. More than just a primer for readers unfamiliar with previous research on stories, however, Abbott's book itself represents a significant contribution to the field of narrative studies.' David Herman, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Narrative

    'Directness, accessibility, and coherence distinguish this brief but comprehensive study of narrative ... Most highly recommended.' Choice

    'A lucid, practical, wide-ranging, and often original introduction to narrative, which will be extremely useful in undergraduate and graduate courses on literary theory and criticism. This is not a dry textbook, however; the reader is made aware of a real voice and of a fascination with the role of narrative across many areas of culture and beyond.' Derek Attridge

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521715157
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Preface to the second edition
    Acknowledgments
    1. Narrative and life
    2. Defining narrative
    3. The borders of narrative
    4. The rhetoric of narrative
    5. Closure
    6. Narration
    7. Interpreting narrative
    8. Three ways to interpret narrative
    9. Adaptation across media
    10. Character and self in narrative
    11. Narrative and truth
    12. Narrative worlds
    13. Narrative contestation
    14. Narrative negotiation
    Bibliography
    Glossary and topical index
    Index of authors and narratives.

  • Author

    H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
    H. Porter Abbott is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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