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    DescriptionWhat is narrative? How does it work and how does it shape our lives and the texts we read? H. Porter Abbott emphasizes that narrative is found not just in literature, film, and theater, but everywhere in the ordinary course of people's lives. This widely used introduction, now thoroughly revised, is informed throughout by recent developments in the field and includes two new chapters. With its lucid exposition of concepts and suggestions for further reading, this book is not only an excellent introduction for courses focused on narrative but also an invaluable resource for students and scholars across a wide range of fields, including literature and drama, film and media, society and politics, journalism, autobiography, history, and still others throughout the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


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    Title
    The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) H. Porter Abbott
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 268
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521715157
    ISBN 10: 0521715156
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.6
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    Abridged Dewey: 808
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    B&T General Subject: 495
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    DC22: 809.923
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004000
    LC classification: PN3383.N35 A23 2008
    Thema V1.0: DSA
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    9 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    H. Porter Abbott is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Review quote
    'Abbott brilliantly zeroes in on the architecture of narrative with an exactness and bent for orderly exposition that utterly redeems his subject.' The Chronicle of Higher Education 'Anyone seeking a lucidly written guide to the study of narrative technique should turn immediately to H. Porter Abbott's Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.' Literature/Film Quarterly 'Written in an unfailingly lucid style that nonetheless refuses to 'dumb down' the major research questions facing analysts of stories, this book provides an ideal starting-point for readers seeking a synoptic overview of recent scholarship on narrative. More than just a primer for readers unfamiliar with previous research on stories, however, Abbott's book itself represents a significant contribution to the field of narrative studies.' David Herman, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Narrative 'Directness, accessibility, and coherence distinguish this brief but comprehensive study of narrative ... Most highly recommended.' Choice 'A lucid, practical, wide-ranging, and often original introduction to narrative, which will be extremely useful in undergraduate and graduate courses on literary theory and criticism. This is not a dry textbook, however; the reader is made aware of a real voice and of a fascination with the role of narrative across many areas of culture and beyond.' Derek Attridge
    Table of contents
    Preface; Preface to the second edition; Acknowledgments; 1. Narrative and life; 2. Defining narrative; 3. The borders of narrative; 4. The rhetoric of narrative; 5. Closure; 6. Narration; 7. Interpreting narrative; 8. Three ways to interpret narrative; 9. Adaptation across media; 10. Character and self in narrative; 11. Narrative and truth; 12. Narrative worlds; 13. Narrative contestation; 14. Narrative negotiation; Bibliography; Glossary and topical index; Index of authors and narratives.