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By James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz
The 35 unique essays in A spouse to Narrative Theory represent the easiest to be had creation to this important and contested box of humanistic enquiry.
- Comprises 35 unique essays written via best figures within the field
- Includes contributions from pioneers within the box resembling Wayne C. sales space, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince
- Represents the entire significant severe ways to narrative and investigates and debates the relatives among them
- Considers narratives in numerous disciplines, resembling legislations and medicine
- Features analyses of numerous media, together with movie, song, and painting
- Designed to be of curiosity to experts, but obtainable to readers with little past wisdom of the field
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Extra resources for A Companion to Narrative Theory (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)
Porter Abbott’s ‘‘The Future of All Narrative Futures,’’ is a meditation on the power of narrative form and its consequences for the future of narrative, based on Abbott’s analysis of current ‘‘technologically assisted’’ narrative entertainments. Although he begins by noting that such narratives (MOOs and MUDs as well as the kinds Ryan analyzes) have expanded the domain of narrative and focused more attention on interactivity, Abbott ultimately sees more similarity than difference between the fundamental structures of these narratives and print narrative than Ryan does.
He argues that it is impossible to dictate, a priori, what makes for successful narrative fiction. Rather, ‘‘the good health of an art which undertakes so immediately to reproduce life must demand that it be perfectly free. It lives upon exercise, and the very meaning of exercise is freedom’’ (p. 33). Percy Lubbock ( 1957) took his inspiration from James’s novelistic practice as well as his theory of fiction. Working in tandem with his New Critical contemporaries, who characterized verbal artifacts as organic wholes such that removing or altering one part would destroy the entire work (Brooks  1992), Lubbock espoused the doctrine of organic unity in fiction; he thus privileged James’s own wellwrought fictions over the more sprawling creations produced by writers such as Tolstoy.
But what is more, beginning as long as two decades before the Francophone structuralists exposed the limits of earlier, linguistically oriented European and Slavic models, Chicago School neo-Aristotelians such as R. S. Crane (1953) and his student Wayne Booth (1961) leveled powerful critiques at analogous trends in Anglo-American theories of fiction. Anglo-American and French structuralist approaches to narrative thus underwent a kind of staggered development, following parallel evolutionary trajectories at nonsynchronous rates of change.