Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film

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Cornell University Press, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 277 pages
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Narrative and poetics - Is narrative a semiotic structure? - Narrative inference, selection, and coherence - A sketch of narrative structure - Sequence, contingency, causality - Kernels and satellites - Suspense and surprise - How time distinctions are manifested - Narrative macrostructure and the typology of plot - Story-space and discourse-space - Story-space in cinematic narrative - Story-existents : character - Todorov and barthes on character - Toward an open theory of character - Real author, implied author, narrator, real reader, implied reader, narratee - Narrators' and characters' speech acts - Soliloquy - Stream of consciousness = free association - Covert narrators - Limitation of authority in narrative transmission - Overt narration : set descriptions - Reports of what characters Did not think or say - Implicit commentary : ironic narrator and unreliable narrator - Commentary on the story : interpretation - Commentary on the story : generalization - Commentary on the discou ...
 

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

This seems to synthesize a lot of other peoples' work, particularly Todorov, Genette, Booth and Barthes. I can't actually remember the bits that Chatman puts forward in his own name, which I guess is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Farzaneh Doosti - Goodreads

Well, it was really helpful, giving insight to the problematic aspects of narratology, especially in the field of non-verbal or multi-phasic texts. The examples Chatman brings are tangible and from ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
9
Is Narrative a Semiotic Structure?
22
A Comic Strip Example
37
Kernels and Satellites
53
How Time Distinctions Are Manifested
79
EXISTENTS
96
Formalist and Structuralist Conceptions of Character
111
A Paradigm of Traits
126
Shifting Limited versus Omniscient Mental Access
215
Temporal Summaries
222
Commentary
228
Interpretation
237
Generalization
243
The Narratee
253
CONCLUSION
263
Author and Title Subject
269

NONNARRATED STORIES
146
COVERT VERSUS OVERT NARRATORS
196

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