Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film

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Cornell University Press, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 277 pages
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Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. 'For the specialist in the study of narrative structure, this is a solid and very perceptive exploration of the issues salient to the telling of a story-whatever the medium. Chatman, whose approach here is at once dualist and structuralist, divides his subject into the 'what' of the narrative (Story) and the 'way'(Discourse)... Chatman's command of his material is impressive.'
  

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

This seems to synthesize a lot of other peoples' work, particularly Todorov, Genette, Booth and Barthes. I can't actually remember the bits that Chatman puts forward in his own name, which I guess is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda Webster - Goodreads

I had to read this for a master's level narratology course, and it nearly cracked my head open. Perhaps the most important thing I learned from reading this book is that I am not phd material. I'll ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
9
Is Narrative a Semiotic Structure?
22
A Comic Strip Example
37
Kernels and Satellites
53
How Time Distinctions Are Manifested
79
EXISTENTS
96
Formalist and Structuralist Conceptions of Character
111
A Paradigm of Traits
126
Shifting Limited versus Omniscient Mental Access
215
Temporal Summaries
222
Commentary
228
Interpretation
237
Generalization
243
The Narratee
253
CONCLUSION
263
Author and Title Subject
269

NONNARRATED STORIES
146
COVERT VERSUS OVERT NARRATORS
196

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About the author (1980)

Chatman is Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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