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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, Summer

A Corporeal Narratology?
Despite its signal importance to so many schools of contemporary criticism, the human body has largely failed to garner a significant place in narratology. This neglect results from narratology's traditional focus on what Gerald Prince has called questions...
After Dynamic Narratology
Since Barthes's S/Z, in effect, theories of narrative have had uneasy relations with textual theory. Structuralist narratology attempts to explain narrative figuration, or thematics, in terms of a perceived textual grammar. This position assumes that...
Bibliography of Recent Works on Narrative
The following list of significant titles in narrative theory is intended to cover work published during the last dozen years or so. Omissions, though inevitable, are regretted. The items below can be further divided by approach or emphasis into the...
Desire and the Female Protagonist: A Critique of Feminist Narrative Theory
When, at the beginning of Fay Weldon's The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1983), Ruth decides she can no longer endure her husband's infidelity and emotional abuse, she articulates her desires and forms a plan of action to fulfill them. "I want revenge,"...
Discordant Narration
Recent studies have recognized with increasing clarity the need to distinguish between two different kinds of unreliable fictional narration: a factual kind of unreliability that is attributed to a mis- or disinformed narrator, unwilling or unable...
Forty-One Questions on the Nature of Narrative [*]
1. What is the difference, if any, between narrative, nonnarrative, and antinarrative? 2. Would a text like Robbe-Grillet's La Jalousie be (a) narrative or (an) antinarrative? 3. Is there more than narrative in a narrative? 4. Can an entity...
Genres, Text Types, or Discourse Modes? Narrative Modalities and Generic Categorization
In Coming to Terms (1990), Seymour Chatman initiated an enquiry into the delimitation of the narrative text type as against the text types of argument and description. This revolutionary step was a major landmark for literary scholars; linguists, by...
Lateral Reflexivity: Levels, Versions, and the Logic of Paraphrase [1]
Narratology was born along with the rise of self-reflexivity in modernist and postmodernist fiction. Thus, when he sought to justify the application of Saussurean language theory to narrative discourse in his "Introduction to the Structural Analysis...
Maurice in Time
Dedicating Maurice "to a happier year," E. M. Forster sums up the many ways his novel looks to the future. Maurice waited 57 years to be published, because Forster felt it had to wait for a time in which its desires could express themselves without...
Narrative and Historiography: Writing the France of the Occupation
From the 1930s to the 1960s, the problem of the relations between narrative and historiography often was posed in normative terms. The question was: Should historians use narrative? Does that form provide an adequate type of knowledge? In the United...
Recent Concepts of Narrative and the Narratives of Narrative Theory
Now, narrative is everywhere. The study of narrative continues to grow more nuanced, capacious, and extensive as it is applied to an ever greater range of fields and disciplines, appearing more prominently in areas from philosophy and law to studies...
What Do We Mean When We Say "Narrative Literature?" Looking for Answers across Disciplinary Borders
It often seems that the various disciplines are like city-states, each with excellent plumbing, excellent standards governing the width of the pipes, the depth of the threads, the valves, the fixtures, the nuts and the bolts, so that internally each...
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