Each of the ten essays is an example of what James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz call "theorypractice": a self-reflexive inquiry that simultaneously interprets and investigates the grounds of interpretation. These essays, in other words, resist the easy and one-way application of fixed theoretical strategies to text. Instead, they call upon a variety of theoretical perspectives to inform their interpretative practice while deploying their interpretations to revise theory. Although the contributors demonstrate affiliations with different theoretical movements - including Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, reader-response criticism, and poststructuralism - their inquiries suggest significant shortcomings in the popular practice of classifying critical output according to a static model of theoretical "schools." The contributors' dynamic theory-practice presented here draws upon diverse theoretical principles according to the specific demands of their inquiries, staking out their arguments not by drawing simple oppositions but by striking different balances in the theoretical material on which they draw. Offering essays that consider familiar and unfamiliar narratives from Bronte's Shirley to Myra Page's Moscow Yankee, from Mozart's Prague Symphony to Mungo Park's Travels in the Interior of Africa, Understanding Narrative exemplifies the range of work that this series seeks to promote. Students and scholars of British and American literature, film, and critical theory will find this volume a welcome addition to the series.
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Narratives of Bourgeois Subjectivity in Mozarts Prague
Taking Flight with The Wings
Travel Narrative and Imperialist Vision
Present Tense Narration Mimesis the Narrative Norm