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Narrative and Media

Narrative and Media

Helen Fulton, Rosemary Huisman, Julian Murphet, Anne Dunn
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  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521617420


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  • Narrative and Media, first published in 2006, applies narrative theory to media texts, including film, television, radio, advertising, and print journalism. Drawing on research in structuralist and post-structuralist theory, as well as functional grammar and image analysis, the book explains the narrative techniques which shape media texts and offers interpretive tools for analysing meaning and ideology. Each section looks at particular media forms and shows how elements such as chronology, character, and focalization are realized in specific texts. As the boundaries between entertainment and information in the mass media continue to dissolve, understanding the ways in which modes of story-telling are seamlessly transferred from one medium to another, and the ideological implications of these strategies, is an essential aspect of media studies.

    • Provides introduction to both narrative theory and media studies
    • Caters for students approaching media texts from a literature background
    • Analysis of a comprehensive range of contemporary media texts
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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521617420
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    List of contributors
    1. Introduction: the power of narrative Helen Fulton
    Part I. The Basics of Narrative Theory:
    2. Narrative concepts Rosemary Huisman
    3. From structuralism to post-structuralism Rosemary Huisman
    Part II. Film as Narrative and Visual Mode:
    4. Stories and plots Julian Murphet
    5. Narrative time Julian Murphet
    6. Narrative voice Julian Murphet
    7. Point of view Julian Murphet
    8. Novel to film Helen Fulton
    9. Film narrative and visual cohesion Helen Fulton
    Part III. Television: Narratives and Ideology:
    10. The genres of television Anne Dunn
    11. Television news as narrative Anne Dunn
    12. Aspects of narrative in series and serials Rosemary Huisman
    13. Soap-operas and sit-coms Rosemary Huisman
    Part IV. Radio and Print Journalism:
    14. Structures of radio drama Anne Dunn
    15. Radio news and interviews Anne Dunn
    16. Print news as narrative Helen Fulton
    17. Analysing the discourse of news Helen Fulton
    Part V. Popular Print Culture:
    18. Magazine genres Rosemary Huisman
    19. Advertising narratives Rosemary Huisman
    20. Conclusion: postmodern narrative and media Helen Fulton

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    Helen Fulton, Swansea University
    Helen Fulton is Professor of English and Head of the School of Arts at Swansea University. She manages to combine contemporary critical theory with medieval literature and has a particular interest in narrative in all its forms. Her most recent publication is A Companion to Arthurian Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).


    Rosemary Huisman, University of Sydney
    Rosemary Huisman is Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Sydney, where she was also Head of Semiotics until 2003. Her research brings together contemporary literary, semiotic and linguistic theory in the exploration of textual production and interpretation in different media, discourses and genres. A practising poet, she has produced major publications on the semiotics of poetry, from Beowulf to contemporary Australian writing.

    Julian Murphet, University of Sydney
    Julian Murphet is a Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Sydney, where he teaches American literature, film and critical theory. He is the author of two books on contemporary American literature, and has published widely in postmodern culture and the interrelations of visual and literary media.

    Anne Dunn, University of Sydney
    Anne Dunn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. Before embarking on an academic career, she spent over twenty years in commercial and publicly-owned media, as a writer, resesarcher, journalist, producer, director and manager, including freelance work with magazines and newspapers. She is the current President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.


    Helen Fulton, Rosemary Huisman, Julian Murphet, Anne Dunn

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