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Narrative Form
 
 
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13 Nov 2003
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This new handbook concisely introduces narrative form to advanced students of fiction. With clearly-defined terms and up-to-date references to a broad array of narrative studies, Narrative Form explains critical vocabulary and offers a variety of strategies for analyzing the formal qualities of fiction. Keen suggests that interpretations of form can be effectively integrated with contemporary approaches to literature, including feminist, postcolonial and cultural studies methodologies. Narrative Form shows how to use the language of formal analysis accurately and innovatively. In clear, readable and accessible style, Keen defines terms and describes debates about:
· Major Approaches to Narrative
· Shapes of Narrative: A Whole of Parts
· Narrative Situation: Who's Who and What's its Function
· People on Paper: Character, Characterisation and Represented Minds
· Plot and Causation: Related Events
· Timing: How Long and How Often?
· Order and Disorder
· Levels: Realms of Existence
· Fictional Worlds and Fictionality
· Disguises: Fiction in the Form of Non-Fiction Texts
· Genres and Conventions


Description

This new handbook concisely introduces narrative form to advanced students of fiction. With clearly-defined terms and up-to-date references to a broad array of narrative studies, Narrative Form explains critical vocabulary and offers a variety of strategies for analyzing the formal qualities of fiction. Keen suggests that interpretations of form can be effectively integrated with contemporary approaches to literature, including feminist, postcolonial and cultural studies methodologies. Narrative Form shows how to use the language of formal analysis accurately and innovatively. In clear, readable and accessible style, Keen defines terms and describes debates about:
· Major Approaches to Narrative
· Shapes of Narrative: A Whole of Parts
· Narrative Situation: Who's Who and What's its Function
· People on Paper: Character, Characterisation and Represented Minds
· Plot and Causation: Related Events
· Timing: How Long and How Often?
· Order and Disorder
· Levels: Realms of Existence
· Fictional Worlds and Fictionality
· Disguises: Fiction in the Form of Non-Fiction Texts
· Genres and Conventions


Reviews

'An authoritative and comprehensive advanced introduction to the terminology and concepts of narratology. Professor Keen is an expert in this area.' - Professor J. Hillis Miller, UCI Distinguished Research Professor, University of California


Contents

Contents
Preface: Studying Narrative Form
Major Approaches to and Theorists of Narrative
Shapes of Narrative: A Whole of Parts
Narrative Situation: Who's Who and What's its Function
People on Paper: Character, Characterization, and Represented Minds
Plot and Causation: Related Events
Timing: How Long and How Often?
Order and Disorder
Levels: Realms of Existence
Fictional Worlds and Fictionality
Disguises: Fiction in the Form of Non-Fiction Texts
Genres and Conventions
Appendix A. Terms Listed by Chapter
Appendix B. Representative Texts: A List of Suggested Reading
Bibliography
Index


Authors

SUZANNE KEEN is Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where she teaches modern, contemporary and postcolonial narrative fiction. She is the author of two books on English fiction and articles on Thomas Hardy, Jeanette Winterson, Anthony Burgess, Peter Ackroyd and Seamus Heaney.