Analyzing World Fiction: New Horizons in Narrative Theory

Paperback | December 1, 2012

EditorFrederick Luis Aldama

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Why are many readers drawn to stories that texture ethnic experiences and identities other than their own? How do authors such as Salman Rushdie and Maxine Hong Kingston, or filmmakers in Bollywood or Mexico City produce complex fiction that satisfies audiences worldwide? In Analyzing World Fiction, fifteen renowned luminaries use tools of narratology and insights from cognitive science and neurobiology to provide answers to these questions and more.

With essays ranging from James Phelan's "Voice, Politics, and Judgments in Their Eyes Were Watching God" and Hilary Dannenberg's "Narrating Multiculturalism in British Media: Voice and Cultural Identity in Television" to Ellen McCracken's exploration of paratextual strategies in Chicana literature, this expansive collection turns the tide on approaches to postcolonial and multicultural phenomena that tend to compress author and narrator, text and real life. Striving to celebrate the art of fiction, the voices in this anthology explore the "ingredients" that make for powerful, universally intriguing, deeply human story-weaving.

Systematically synthesizing the tools of narrative theory along with findings from the brain sciences to analyze multicultural and postcolonial film, literature, and television, the contributors pioneer new techniques for appreciating all facets of the wonder of storytelling.

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Why are many readers drawn to stories that texture ethnic experiences and identities other than their own? How do authors such as Salman Rushdie and Maxine Hong Kingston, or filmmakers in Bollywood or Mexico City produce complex fiction that satisfies audiences worldwide? In Analyzing World Fiction, fifteen renowned luminaries use tool...

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:327 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.85 inPublished:December 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292747640

ISBN - 13:9780292747647

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How to Use This BookFrederick Luis AldamaPart I: Voice1. U.S. Ethnic and Postcolonial Fiction: Toward a Poetics of Collective NarrativesBrian Richardson2. Language Peculiarities and Challenges to Universal Narrative PoeticsDan Shen3. Reading Narratologically: Azouz Begag's Le Gone du ChaâbaGerald Prince4. Jasmine Reconsidered: Narrative Structure and Multicultural SubjectivityRobyn Warhol5. Voice, Politics, and Judgments in Their Eyes Were Watching God: The Initiation, the Launch, and the Debate about the NarrationJames Phelan6. Narrating Multiculturalism in British Media: Voice and Cultural Identity in Television Documentary and ComedyHilary P. DannenbergPart II: Emotion7. Anger, Temporality, and the Politics of Reading The Woman WarriorSue J. Kim8. Agency and Emotion: R. K. Narayan's The GuideLalita Pandit Hogan9. The Narrativization of National Metaphors in Indian CinemaPatrick Colm Hogan10. Fear and Action: A Cognitive Approach to Teaching Children of MenArturo J. AldamaPart III: Comparisons and Contrasts11. The Postmodern Continuum of Canon and Kitsch: Narrative and Semiotic Strategies of Chicana High Culture and Chica LitEllen McCracken12. Initiating Dialogue: Narrative Beginnings in Multicultural NarrativesCatherine Romagnolo13. "It's Badly Done": Redefining Craft in America Is in the HeartSue-Im Lee14. Nobody Knows: Invisible Man and John Okada's No-No BoyJosephine Nock-Hee Park15. Intertextuality, Translation, and Postcolonial Misrecognition in Aimé CésairePaul BreslinAfterword. How This Book Reads You: Looking beyond Analyzing World Fiction: New Horizons in Narrative TheoryWilliam Anthony NericcioWorks Cited and FilmographyContributor Notes