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Disnarration and the Unmentioned in Fact and Fiction

Authors: Lambrou, Marina

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  • Provides the first systematic study of the form, uses and functions of disnarration across a range of factual and fictional storytelling genres
  • Describes the lexico-grammatical structures of disnarration and their function in creating these compelling storytelling strategies
  • Offers fresh insights into unconventional narrative techniques at the intersection of narratology and stylistics
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In this book Marina Lambrou explores the dimension of narrative storytelling described as ‘the disnarrated’ – events that do not happen but which are referred to – across three genres of texts: personal narratives; news stories; and fiction (literary and film). The book begins by asking why such disnarrated narratives are nevertheless considered tellable. It moves on to examine the pervasiveness of this phenomenon in news reports about “near misses” and the shared personal narratives about dangerous experiences, where “truth” is expected to be central their telling. It further discusses how disnarration is generated in counterfactual “what if?” scenarios in fiction where characters follow alternative, forked paths with fascinating unexpected consequences. This engaging work offers original insights to anyone interested in storytelling and will appeal in particular to scholars of language and literature, stylistics, narratology, media, film and journalism.

About the authors

Marina Lambrou is Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics at Kingston University, UK. She has published widely in the areas of narratology and literary and non-literary stylistics that include personal and trauma narratives, and media discourses. She is the current Chair of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA).

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“This short book opens many possibilities for the study of narratives in the scientific fields of film studies, journalism, linguistics, and literature, while expanding the scope of a now fundamental form of storytelling. The paradoxical tellability of the possible yet unreal infuses this engaging work by inviting readers to walk along many paths to be explored…” (Carla Robison, Lectures, 2019)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disnarration and the Unmentioned in Fact and Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50778-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50778-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50777-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 126
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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