Telling Stories: A Theoretical Analysis of Narrative Fiction

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Psychology Press, 1988 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 197 pages
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Argues that any story, whether a Bette Davis film or a Jane Austen novel, must be related to larger cultural networks. Calls for a critical practice that revises our conception of narrative through the fracturing of texts.Telling Stories overturns traditional definitions of narrative by arguing that any story, whether a Bette Davis film, a jeans ad, a Jane Austen novel of a 'Cathy' comic, must be related to larger cultural networks. The authors show how meanings and subjectivity do not exist in isolation, but are manufactured by the narratives our culture reads and watches every day. They call for a critical practice that, through the fracturing of texts, can alter the grounds of knowledge and interpretation. This timely study will interest critics of narrative and culture, as well as students wanting to extend post-Saussurean theories to poopular and canonical cultures, and to the dynamics of story-telling itself.
 

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Contents

Theorizing language i
17
story
52
narration
83
ideology subjectivity discourse 13
113
The subject of narrative
149
Notes
176
Index of terms
191
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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).

LINDA M. SHIRES is professor of English and Textual Studies at Syracuse University, where she also teaches in the Judaic Studies program. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Syracuse, New York.

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