Narrative Discourse

Narrative Discourse : An Essay in Method

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 18.29mm | 369g
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Tables
  • 0801492599
  • 9780801492594
  • 123,496

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Gerard Genette, a critic of international stature, here builds a systematic theory of narrative upon an analysis of the writings of Marcel Proust, particularly Remembrance of Things Past. Adopting what is essentially a structuralist approach, the author identifies and names the basic constituents and techniques of narrative and illustrates them by referring to literary works in many languages.
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Table of contents

Foreword by Jonathan Cutler

Translator's Preface



1. Order

2. Duration

3. Frequency

4. Mood

5. Voice



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Review quote

"This book is generally considered one of the most- significant contributions to literary criticism in the 1970's, and it is almost essential or anyone doing serious study of narrative. The book is difficult and introduces a great deal of terminology, some of which has already been adopted by critics. It is well organized and systematic, a good example of what Robert Pirsig called the classical manner, a whole divided into its subordinate parts, those parts being further subdivided. To illustrate the use of his narrative analysis Genette applies it to Proust's Remembrance of Things Past and provides us with an insight into that great series." -Lawrence J. Gorman (April, 1984)
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About Gerard Genette

Jonathan Culler is Class of 1916 Professor of English at Cornell University. He is the author of many books, including On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after Structuralism and The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction, both from Cornell University Press, and Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction.
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