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The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory


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Kent Puckett, Yoon Sun Lee, Ilya Kalinin, Hannah Freed-Thall, Judith Roof, Matthew Garrett, John Frow, David Wittenberg, David Kurnick, Amy C. Tang, Valerie Rohy, Garrett Stewart, Jonathan Culler, Mark Currie, Patrick Jagoda, Margaret Cohen
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108449724

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  • Narrative theory is essential to everything from history to lyric poetry, from novels to the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Narrative theory explores how stories work and how we make them work. This Companion is both an introduction and a contribution to the field. It presents narrative theory as an approach to understanding all kinds of cultural production: from literary texts to historiography, from film and videogames to philosophical discourse. It takes the long historical view, outlines essential concepts, and reflects on the way narrative forms connect with and rework social forms. The volume analyzes central premises, identifies narrative theory's feminist foundations, and elaborates its significance to queer theory and issues of race. The specially commissioned essays are exciting to read, uniting accessibility and rigor, traditional concerns with a renovated sense of the field as a whole, and analytical clarity with stylistic dash. Topical and substantial, The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory is an engaging resource on a key contemporary concept.

    • A clear and engaging introduction to narrative theory
    • Includes suggested further reading
    • Covers economics, race, sexuality, feminism, and other social matters in relation to narrative theory
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108449724
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Narrative theory's Longue durée Kent Puckett
    2. Questions of scale: narrative theory and literary history Yoon Sun Lee
    3. The body of plot: Viktor Shklovsky's theory of narrative Ilya Kalinin
    4. Adventures in structuralism: reading with Barthes and Genette Hannah Freed-Thall
    5. The feminist foundations of narrative theory Judith Roof
    6. Philosophies of history Matthew Garrett
    Part II. Motifs:
    7. Character John Frow
    8. Time David Wittenberg
    9. Pleasure David Kurnick
    Part III. Coordinates:
    10. Breaks, borders, utopia: race and critical narrative poetics Amy C. Tang
    11. Queer narrative theory Valerie Rohy
    12. Screenarration: the plane and place of the image Garrett Stewart
    13. Narrative theory and the lyric Jonathan Culler
    14. Contemporary formalisms Mark Currie
    15. Digital games and narrative Patrick Jagoda
    16. Narrative theory and novel theory Margaret Cohen.

  • Editor

    Matthew Garrett, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
    Matthew Garrett is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University, Connecticut where he directs the Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. He is the author of Episodic Poetics: Politics and Literary Form after the Constitution (2014), and essays in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Critical Inquiry, ELH, the Journal of Cultural Economy, and Radical History Review, among other journals.


    Kent Puckett, Yoon Sun Lee, Ilya Kalinin, Hannah Freed-Thall, Judith Roof, Matthew Garrett, John Frow, David Wittenberg, David Kurnick, Amy C. Tang, Valerie Rohy, Garrett Stewart, Jonathan Culler, Mark Currie, Patrick Jagoda, Margaret Cohen

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