Journal of Narrative Theory

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer

Fact, Fiction, and Anti-Semitism in the 'Cyclops' Episode of Joyce's Ulysses
The Question of Truth in NarrationA fascinating debate on the narration of the 'Cyclops' chapter (12) in James Joyce's Ulysses-the episode in which Leopold Bloom has an altercation with an anti-Semitic "citizen"-flared up in the nineteen-seventies. David...
Placing Thomas Deloney
Literary texts offer a representation of contradictory principles of construction of the social world and of the categorizations by means of which individuals, in a given situation, act to classify others and, by doing so, classify themselves.1Roger...
Playing against Type: Statistical Personhood, Depth Narrative, and the Business of Genre in James M. Cain's Double Indemnity
The characters, locale, and action of this story are fictitious; they do not represent and are not intended to represent, actual persons, places, or events.Disclaimer, 1992 Vintage edition of Double IndemnityThe books didn't know anything to tell on...
"There's Something about Mary:" Narrative and Ethics in the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
In "The Desegregation of Art," Muriel Spark questions the moral and political effectiveness of "socially-conscious art," art which depicts with pathos suffering and victimization.1 Although she admires the "marvelous tradition" of such art, she claims...
The Revelatory Narrative Circle in Barbara Kingsolver's the Poisonwood Bible
Imagine a novel related not by one, not by two, but by five narrators, all female, one dead. In novels written near the turn from the 20th to the 21st century readers and scholars encounter a richness of new fictional tools, among them narratives like...
"The Swamps of Myth . . . and Empirical Fishing Lines": Historiography, Narrativity, and the "Here and Now" in Graham Swift's Waterland
In recent debates over the proper methods to be pursued by practicing historians, the elusive chimera known as postmodernism has been raised consistently as either the key to a new practice of history that would help historians reach their aesthetic...