Journal of Narrative Theory

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter

"A Soldier Is Her Darling Character": Susanna Centlivre, Desire, Difference, and Disguise
The prologue to Susanna Centlivre's 1702 play The Stolen Heiress: Or, the Salamanca Doctor Outplotted (1702) was advertised (as was the play) as having been written by a man. It emphasizes the mutuality of theatrical experience when the speaker instructs...
Genre and Gender in Don DeLillo's Players and Running Dog
Critics have often regarded DeLillo's fifth and sixth novels, Players (1977) and Running Dog (1978), collectively. Both Tom LeClair and Bill Mullen write about the novels together, while Mark Osteen refers to Running Dog as the "companion novel" (American...
"Now Every Word She Said Was Echoed, Echoed Loudly in My Head": Christophine's Language and Refractive Space in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea
Christophine's provocative role in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea has generated a tremendous quantity of inquiry: the turn to Christophine arose largely out of debate over Spivak's watershed essay "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism" from...
Staging Psychic Excess: Parodic Narrative and Transgressive Performance
Over the last two decades, performance has become the prevailing metaphor for discourse on gender, due largely to the influence of Judith Butler's ground-breaking work on the topic. In texts published throughout the late 80s and early 90s, Butler lays...
Storytelling in Time and Space: Studies in the Chronotope and Narrative Logic on Screen
All great storytellers have in common the freedom with which they move up and down the rungs of their experience as on a ladder.A ladder extending downwards the interior of the earth and disappearing in the clouds is the image for collective experience...
To Close or Not to Close: Alice Munro's "The Love of a Good Woman"
"The Love of a Good Woman" poses unusual problems for the reader at its conclusion-which is virtually no conclusion at all. Many of the best analyses of closure in short fiction, particularly those of Susan Lohafer, have dealt with very short stories;...
"What Once I Was, and What Am Now": Narrative and Identity Constructions in Samson Agonistes
Like Milton's epic poems Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes is a complex narrative that never provides a single, coherent portrayal of its characters or events. Indeed, Samson throws into question whether single, coherent individuals...