Narrative in Fiction and Film: An Introduction

Paperback | January 1, 2000

byJakob Lothe

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Narrative in Fiction and Film gives a clear presentation of key concepts of narrative theory. A growing field in the humanities, narrative theory (or 'narratology') studies such narratives, thus discussing central questions concerning human communication. This introductory book has a two-part structure: Part I presents key concepts of narrative theory - for example, author, narrator, time, perspective, event, characterization. The discussion is oriented towards narrative fiction and centred on literary texts, yet since film can also have animportant narrative dimension, the film aspect is brought into each chapter. Part II analyses five prose texts: the parable of the sower in St. Mark's Gospel, Franz Kafka's The Trial, James Joyce's 'The Dead', Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. Part II also discusses film versions of four of these texts: Orson Welles's The Trial, JohnHuston's The Dead, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and Colin Gregg's To the Lighthouse. The book brings together and lucidly presents concepts and theories in narrative theory, and illustrates and tests theses theories. It will be an invaluable text for undergraduates studying narrative theory as part of a literature or film studies course.

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Narrative in Fiction and Film gives a clear presentation of key concepts of narrative theory. A growing field in the humanities, narrative theory (or 'narratology') studies such narratives, thus discussing central questions concerning human communication. This introductory book has a two-part structure: Part I presents key concepts o...

Jakob Lothe is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oslo. His books include Conrad's Narrative Method (1989), and he is a contributor to the Cambridge Companions to Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198752326

ISBN - 13:9780198752325

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Part I1. Introduction2. Narrative Communication3. Narrative Time and Repetition4. Events, Characters, and CharacterizationPart II5. From the parable of the sower to Franz Kafka's The Trial and Orson Welles's The Trial6. James Joyce's 'The Dead' and John Huston's The Dead7. Josep Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now8. Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Colin Gregg's To the LighthouseBibliographyIndex

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'This is a valuable book, not least because of its inter-disciplinary nature; but it will be considered somewhat specialist by most students of film. Its focus on narrative and what this can mean in the broadest sense make it possible to see it as a useful tool within the expanding area ofcreative writing as an undergraduate discipline, particularly when students are asked to theorise their own narrative strategies or to experiment with different forms of narrative.' THES May 2000