A Dictionary of Narratology

A Dictionary of Narratology

A Dictionary of Narratology

A Dictionary of Narratology

Synopsis

History, literature, religion, myth, film, psychology, theory, and daily conversation all rely heavily on narrative. Cutting across many disciplines, narratology describes and analyzes the language of narrative with its regularly recurring patterns, deeply established conventions for transmission, and interpretive codes, whether in novels, cartoons, or case studies. Indispensable to writers, critics, and scholars in many fields, A Dictionary of Narratology provides quick and reliable access to terms and concepts that are defined, illustrated, and cross-referenced. All entries are keyed to articles or books in which the terms originated or are exemplified. This revised edition contains additional entries and updates some existing ones.

Excerpt

Much has happened in narratology since the original publication of this dictionary, and for this new edition, a number of revisions have been made to take into account changes in the discipline.I have added some terms that now enjoy wide currency (e.g., narrative audience) as well as a few that I find useful (e.g., polychronic narration), but I have not eliminated any. Those terms that seem close to obsolescence help to provide through their continued presence a sense of the history of narratology and its development. I have also modified several entries (including narratology itself). Last but not least, I have substantially expanded the bibliography.

I am grateful for the support of the University of Nebraska Press, and I thank Warren Motte for his friendship.

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