Language & Literature
Towards a 'Natural' Narratology
Author: Monika Fludernik
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-43250-9
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-43250-1
No of pages : 472
eBook Price : $44.95
Originally Published : 1 Aug 1996
In this ground-breaking work, Monika Fludernik combines insights from literary theory and linguistics to provide a challenging new theory of narrative. This theory is based upon insights from three areas of research: ''natural'' cognitive linguistics; the sociolinguistic concept of ''natural'' narrative; and the argument for ''naturalization'', i.e.: our ability to impose meaning on seemingly diverse textual elements.
This book is both an historical survey and theoretical study, with the author drawing on an enormous range of examples from the earliest oral narratives to contemporary experimental fiction. She uses these examples to prove that recent literature, far from heralding the final collapse of narrative represents the epitome of a centuries-long developmental process. Unlike traditional narrative theories, Fludernik's "natural narratology" is capable of embracing all types of narrative, such as the joke, the medieval poem and the post-modern novel.
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''Meticulously researched and cogently argued, this landmark work in narratology is perhaps the most distinguished recent contribution to the study of narrative....This highly recommendable book will be essential reading not only for all graduate students of English literature, literary theory, and narrative texts, but for the growing number of people concerned with building bridges between the traditionally separate disciplines of literary studies, linguistics, and cognitive theory'' |I European Journal of English Studies