The Nature of Narrative: Revised and Expanded

Paperback | October 15, 2006

byRobert Scholes, James Phelan, Robert Kellogg

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For the past forty years The Nature of Narrative has been a seminal work for literary students, teachers, writers, and scholars. Countering the tendency to view the novel as the paradigm case of literary narrative, authors Robert Scholes and Robert Kellogg in the original edition offered acompelling history of the genre narrative from antiquity to the twentieth-century, even as they carried out their main task of describing and analyzing the nature of narrative's main elements: meaning, character, plot, and point of view. Their history emphasized the broad sweep of literarynarrative from ancient times to the contemporary period, and it included a chapter on the oral heritage of written narrative and an appendix on the interior monologue in ancient texts. The fortieth anniversary edition of this groundbreaking work has been revised and expanded to include a new preface and a lengthy chapter on developments in narrative theory since 1966 by James Phelan. This chapter describes the principles and practices of structuralist, cognitive, feminist,and rhetorical approaches to narrative, paying special attention to their work on plot, character, and narrative discourse. A continued leader in the field of narrative studies, The Nature of Narrative offers unique and invaluable histories of both narrative and narrative theory.

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For the past forty years The Nature of Narrative has been a seminal work for literary students, teachers, writers, and scholars. Countering the tendency to view the novel as the paradigm case of literary narrative, authors Robert Scholes and Robert Kellogg in the original edition offered acompelling history of the genre narrative from...

Robert Scholes is Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Professor Emeritus of English, Comparative Literature, and MCM, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brown University. The author of many works of literary theory and pedagogy, he was President of the Modern Language Association in 2004. The late Rob...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 5.31 × 7.8 × 1.18 inPublished:October 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface to the Second Edition by Robert ScholesPreface by James Phelan1. The Narrative Tradition2. The Oral Heritage of Written Narrative3. The Classical Heritage of Modern Narrative4. Meaning in Narrative5. Character in Narrative6. Plot in Narrative7. Point of View in Narrative8. Narrative Theory, 1966-2006: A NarrativeWorks CitedAppendixNotesIndex

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Praise for the previous edition of The Nature of Narrative"A pioneer venture into one of the richest areas in literature, this volume is worthy of comparison with the classic studies of Harry Levin and Ren'Wellek."--Modern Language Journal "Attempts to put the novel in its place, to see it as only one of a number of narrative possibilities. The authorssurvey all kinds of narrative forms, written and unwritten from almost all literatures, with learning and insight. Also the traditional subjects of the theory of the novel, character, type, realism, etc., are illuminated from this wider international perspective."-Rene Wellek, Sterling Professor ofComparative Literature, Yale University