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Stages #16: Rhetorical Narratology

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< div> Narratology attempts to determine the rules or codes of composition of a narrative and to formulate the & #8220; grammar& #8221; of narrative, that is, the structures and formulas that recur across stories with very different content. Since its inception some thirty years ago, narratology has adopted a largely formalist and structuralist focus and thus has tended to pass over contextual factors that affect a reader& #8217; s experience of narratives.< br> < br> < br> < br> In < i> Rhetorical Narratology< /i> , Michael Kearns redresses this one-sidedness by combining traditional narratology& #8217; s tools for analyzing texts with rhetoric& #8217; s tools for analyzing audiences. Guiding Kearns& #8217; s approach is speech-act theory, which, in emphasizing the rule-governed context in which any text is produced and received, provides the means for describing how the structures of narrative may affect certain audiences in certain ways. Rhetorical narratology applies fundamental concepts from speech-act theory to draw together the strengths of rhetoric and narratology. Rhetoric contributes the steady focus on the interaction between text and reader as that interaction occurs in specific cultural contexts and through time. Narratology provides the crucial distinction between & #8220; story& #8221; and & #8220; discourse, & #8221; & #8212; between the & #8220; what& #8221; and the & #8220; how& #8221; of a narrative. Concentrating on the & #8220; how& #8221; has produced sophisticated treatments of such concepts as & #8220; fiction, & #8221; & #8220; narrativity, & #8221; and & #8220; point, & #8221; as wellas detailed analyses of temporal structure, point of view, and speech representation. The central question that rhetorical narratology attempts to answer, then, is how do the various narrative elements isolated by narratologists actually work on readers?< br> < br> < /div>

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Narratology attempts to determine the rules or codes of composition of a narrative and to formulate the “grammar” of narrative, that is, the structures and formulas that recur across stories with very different content. Since its inception some thirty years ago, narratology has adopted a largely formalist and structuralist focus and thus has tended to pass over contextual factors that affect a reader’s experience of narratives.
 
In Rhetorical Narratology, Michael Kearns redresses this one-sidedness by combining traditional narratology’s tools for analyzing texts with rhetoric’s tools for analyzing audiences. Guiding Kearns’s approach is speech-act theory, which, in emphasizing the rule-governed context in which any text is produced and received, provides the means for describing how the structures of narrative may affect certain audiences in certain ways. Rhetorical narratology applies fundamental concepts from speech-act theory to draw together the strengths of rhetoric and narratology. Rhetoric contributes the steady focus on the interaction between text and reader as that interaction occurs in specific cultural contexts and through time. Narratology provides the crucial distinction between “story” and “discourse,”—between the “what” and the “how” of a narrative. Concentrating on the “how” has produced sophisticated treatments of such concepts as “fiction,” “narrativity,” and “point,” as well as detailed analyses of temporal structure, point of view, and speech representation. The central question that rhetorical narratology attempts to answer, then, is how do the various narrative elements isolated by narratologists actually work on readers?

Synopsis:

Narratology attempts to determine the rules or codes of composition of a narrative and to formulate the “grammar” of narrative, that is, the structures and formulas that recur across stories with very different content. Since its inception some thirty years ago, narratology has adopted a largely formalist and structuralist focus and thus has tended to pass over contextual factors that affect a readers experience of narratives.
 
In Rhetorical Narratology, Michael Kearns redresses this one-sidedness by combining traditional narratologys tools for analyzing texts with rhetorics tools for analyzing audiences. Guiding Kearnss approach is speech-act theory, which, in emphasizing the rule-governed context in which any text is produced and received, provides the means for describing how the structures of narrative may affect certain audiences in certain ways. Rhetorical narratology applies fundamental concepts from speech-act theory to draw together the strengths of rhetoric and narratology. Rhetoric contributes the steady focus on the interaction between text and reader as that interaction occurs in specific cultural contexts and through time. Narratology provides the crucial distinction between “story” and “discourse,”&#8212;between the “what” and the “how” of a narrative. Concentrating on the “how” has produced sophisticated treatments of such concepts as “fiction,” “narrativity,” and “point,” as well as detailed analyses of temporal structure, point of view, and speech representation. The central question that rhetorical narratology attempts to answer, then, is how do the various narrative elements isolated by narratologists actually work on readers?

Description:

Includes bibliographical references ([191]-199) and index.

About the Author

Michael Kearns is a professor of English and Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professor of Humanities at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the author of Metaphors of Mind in Fiction and Psychology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803227422
Author:
Kearns, Michael
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska
Location:
Lincoln, NE :
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Narration (rhetoric)
Subject:
Discourse analysis, narrative
Subject:
Narration
Subject:
Speech acts
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Stages
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.06 lb

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Narratology attempts to determine the rules or codes of composition of a narrative and to formulate the “grammar” of narrative, that is, the structures and formulas that recur across stories with very different content. Since its inception some thirty years ago, narratology has adopted a largely formalist and structuralist focus and thus has tended to pass over contextual factors that affect a reader’s experience of narratives.
 
In Rhetorical Narratology, Michael Kearns redresses this one-sidedness by combining traditional narratology’s tools for analyzing texts with rhetoric’s tools for analyzing audiences. Guiding Kearns’s approach is speech-act theory, which, in emphasizing the rule-governed context in which any text is produced and received, provides the means for describing how the structures of narrative may affect certain audiences in certain ways. Rhetorical narratology applies fundamental concepts from speech-act theory to draw together the strengths of rhetoric and narratology. Rhetoric contributes the steady focus on the interaction between text and reader as that interaction occurs in specific cultural contexts and through time. Narratology provides the crucial distinction between “story” and “discourse,”—between the “what” and the “how” of a narrative. Concentrating on the “how” has produced sophisticated treatments of such concepts as “fiction,” “narrativity,” and “point,” as well as detailed analyses of temporal structure, point of view, and speech representation. The central question that rhetorical narratology attempts to answer, then, is how do the various narrative elements isolated by narratologists actually work on readers?
"Synopsis" by ,
Narratology attempts to determine the rules or codes of composition of a narrative and to formulate the “grammar” of narrative, that is, the structures and formulas that recur across stories with very different content. Since its inception some thirty years ago, narratology has adopted a largely formalist and structuralist focus and thus has tended to pass over contextual factors that affect a readers experience of narratives.
 
In Rhetorical Narratology, Michael Kearns redresses this one-sidedness by combining traditional narratologys tools for analyzing texts with rhetorics tools for analyzing audiences. Guiding Kearnss approach is speech-act theory, which, in emphasizing the rule-governed context in which any text is produced and received, provides the means for describing how the structures of narrative may affect certain audiences in certain ways. Rhetorical narratology applies fundamental concepts from speech-act theory to draw together the strengths of rhetoric and narratology. Rhetoric contributes the steady focus on the interaction between text and reader as that interaction occurs in specific cultural contexts and through time. Narratology provides the crucial distinction between “story” and “discourse,”&#8212;between the “what” and the “how” of a narrative. Concentrating on the “how” has produced sophisticated treatments of such concepts as “fiction,” “narrativity,” and “point,” as well as detailed analyses of temporal structure, point of view, and speech representation. The central question that rhetorical narratology attempts to answer, then, is how do the various narrative elements isolated by narratologists actually work on readers?
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