The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 17, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 252 pages
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What is narrative? How does it work and how does it shape our lives and the texts we read? H. Porter Abbott emphasizes that narrative is found not just in literature, film, and theater, but everywhere in the ordinary course of people's lives. This widely used introduction, now thoroughly revised, is informed throughout by recent developments in the field and includes two new chapters. With its lucid exposition of concepts and suggestions for further reading, this book is not only an excellent introduction for courses focused on narrative but also an invaluable resource for students and scholars across a wide range of fields, including literature and drama, film and media, society and politics, journalism, autobiography, history, and still others throughout the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
 

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Contents

1 Narrative and life
1
2 Defining narrative
13
3 The borders of narrative
28
4 The rhetoric of narrative
40
5 Closure
55
6 Narration
67
7 Interpreting narrative
83
8 Three ways to interpret narrative
100
11 Narrative and truth
145
12 Narrative worlds
160
13 Narrative contestation
175
14 Narrative negotiation
193
Notes
214
Bibliography
223
Glossary and topical index
228
Index of authors and narratives
244

9 Adaptation across media
112
10 Character and self in narrative
130

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H. Porter Abbott is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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