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Computing Action : A Narratological Approach - Jan Christoph Meister

Computing Action

A Narratological Approach

By: Jan Christoph Meister, Marie-Laure Ryan (Foreword by), Alastair Matthews (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 23rd October 2003
ISBN: 9783110176285
Number Of Pages: 362
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Computing Action" takes a new approach to the phenomenon of narrated action in literary texts. It begins with a survey of philosophical approaches to the concept of action, ranging from analytical to transcendental and finally constructivist definitions. This leads to the formulation of a new model of action, in which the core definitions developed in traditional structuralist narratology and Greimassian semiotics are reconceptualised in the light of constructivist theories.
In the second part of the study, the combinatory model of action proposed is put into practice in the context of a computer-aided investigation of the action constructs logically implied by narrative texts. Two specialised literary computing tools were developed for the purposes of this investigation of textual data: EVENTPARSER, an interactive tool for parsing events in literary texts, and EPITEST, a tool for subjecting the mark-up files thus produced to a combinatory analysis of the episode and action constructs they contain.
The third part of the book presents a case study of Goethe's "Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten". Here, the practical application of theory and methodology eventually leads to a new interpretation of Goethe's famous Novellenzyklus as a systematic experiment in the narrative construction of action - an experiment intended to demonstrate not only Goethe's aesthetic principles, but also, and more fundamentally, his epistemological convictions.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Concepts of Actionp. 1
Action as Project and Constructp. 3
Action: From Word to Conceptp. 29
Philosophical Definitions of Actionp. 48
The Elements of the Action Constructp. 90
The Computer-Aided Analysis of Narrated Actionp. 199
Narratology and Literary Computingp. 201
The EventParser Programp. 214
Constructing EPISODES and ACTIONSp. 224
The EpiTest Programp. 242
Action Potential and ACTION Productp. 248
Practical Analysis Using EpiTestp. 253
An Experiment in Action: Conversations of German Refugeesp. 257
Critical Approaches to the Conversationsp. 259
Describing the Conversationsp. 275
Explaining the Conversationsp. 287
Conclusionp. 303
Referencesp. 307
Author Indexp. 329
Subject Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9783110176285
ISBN-10: 3110176289
Series: Narratologia
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 362
Published: 23rd October 2003
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.36  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.64