Telling Stories: A Theoretical Analysis of Narrative Fiction

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Routledge, Jan 1, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
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"Telling Stories "overturns traditional definitions of narrative by arguing that any story, whether a "Cathy" comic, a clothing advertisement, a Jane Austen novel, or a Bette Davis film, must be related to a larger cultural network. They call for a critical practice that, through the fracturing of texts, can alter the grounds of knowledge and interpretation. In clear and readable prose, informed by semiotics, narratology, psychoanalysis, feminism, and film theory, this book offers a method of analyzing how meanings and subjectivity are produced by the narratives our culture reads and watches every day.

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Steven Cohan is Professor in the Department of English at Syracuse University. He is the author of a number of books including "Incongruous Entertainment: Camp, Cultural Value and the MGM Musical" (2005) and "Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties "(1997).

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