Narrative: The Basics

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Routledge, Nov 19, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 160 pages

Providing an up-to-date and accessible overview of the essentials of narrative theory, Narrative: The Basics guides the reader through the major approaches to the study of narrative, using contemporary examples from a wide range of narrative forms to answer key questions including:

  • What is narrative?
  • What are the "universals" of narrative?
  • What is the relationship between narrative and ideology?
  • Does the reader have a role in narrative?
  • Has the digital age brought radically new forms of narrative?

Each chapter introduces key theoretical terms, providing thinking points and suggestions for further study. With an emphasis on applying theory to example studies, it is an ideal introduction to the current study of narrative.

 

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Contents

What is narrative?
1
Folk tales and fairy tales
14
2 Narrative structures
28
3 Narrative voice and point of view
43
4 Narrative and ideology
62
5 The role of the reader
76
Feminist approaches to narrative
89
7 Narrative and genre
106
8 New media narratives
122
9 Conclusion
139
Glossary
142
Web resources
148
Index
149
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Bronwen Thomas is Associate Professor in Linguistics and Literature at Bournemouth University, UK.

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