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Gerard Genette’s Narrative Discourse is invaluable because it fills this need for a systematic theory of narrative. As the most thorough attempt we have to identify. : The Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method (): Gerard Genette, Jane E. Lewin, Jonathan Culler: Books. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. By GERARD GENETTE. Translated by Jane E. Lewin. Foreword by Jonathan. Culler. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

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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.

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 disdourse works in many languages. Would genetge like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Gerard Genette builds a systematic theory of narrative upon an anlaysis of the writings of Marcel Proust, particularly ‘Remembrance of Things Past.

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Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. The Rhetoric of Fiction. Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. Review “This book is generally considered one of the most- significant contributions to literary criticism in the ‘s, and it is almost essential or anyone doing serious study of narrative. Cornell University Press August 31, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share terard thoughts with other customers.

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Please try again later. This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to look discoudse at narrative theory. Genette’s analysis of the construction of time in narrative discourse is the still the model for theorists writing since then.

Such categories as order, frequency, and duration in the narrative presentation of story-time show how narrative decisions on the part of authors can have dramatically different rhetorical effects.

Genette views these narrative strategies as a form of rhetorical figuration and gives them terms drawn from classical rhetoric e.

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Genette’s work is one of the clearest of all the French theorists of the s and s who became popular among literary critics and theorists in the US. His work is easily the most empirical of his academic geration of French theorists and perhaps the most likely to be useful in generations to come. I have had 5 books published nonfiction and have been working on a novel.

I wish I had studied this book when I was a student. It is superb–essential, in my opinion, for anyone writing fiction. It is not, however, an easy read. Besides being a writer, I am also a doctor and a commercial aircraft pilot.


This book reminds me of getting an instrument rating, when “the lights come on” in understanding aviation.

For the first time, I feel that I truly understand the nature of narrative. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. An Essay in Method.

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