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The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative : 2nd Edition - H.Porter Abbott

The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

2nd Edition

Paperback Published: 13th May 2008
ISBN: 9780521715157
Number Of Pages: 268

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What is narrative? How does it work and how does it shape our lives and the texts we read? H. Porter Abbott emphasizes that narrative is found not just in literature, film, and theater, but everywhere in the ordinary course of people's lives. This widely used introduction, now thoroughly revised, is informed throughout by recent developments in the field and includes two new chapters. With its lucid exposition of concepts and suggestions for further reading, this book is not only an excellent introduction for courses focused on narrative but also an invaluable resource for students and scholars across a wide range of fields, including literature and drama, film and media, society and politics, journalism, autobiography, history, and still others throughout the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

About the Author

H. Porter Abbott is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Industry Reviews

'Abbott brilliantly zeroes in on the architecture of narrative with an exactness and bent for orderly exposition that utterly redeems his subject.' The Chronicle of Higher Education 'Anyone seeking a lucidly written guide to the study of narrative technique should turn immediately to H. Porter Abbott's Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.' Literature/Film Quarterly 'Written in an unfailingly lucid style that nonetheless refuses to 'dumb down' the major research questions facing analysts of stories, this book provides an ideal starting-point for readers seeking a synoptic overview of recent scholarship on narrative. More than just a primer for readers unfamiliar with previous research on stories, however, Abbott's book itself represents a significant contribution to the field of narrative studies.' David Herman, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Narrative 'Directness, accessibility, and coherence distinguish this brief but comprehensive study of narrative ... Most highly recommended.' Choice 'A lucid, practical, wide-ranging, and often original introduction to narrative, which will be extremely useful in undergraduate and graduate courses on literary theory and criticism. This is not a dry textbook, however; the reader is made aware of a real voice and of a fascination with the role of narrative across many areas of culture and beyond.' Derek Attridge

Preface to the second edition
Narrative and life
Defining narrative
The borders of narrative
The rhetoric of narrative
Interpreting narrative
Three ways to interpret narrative
Adaptation across media
Character and self in narrative
Narrative and truth
Narrative worlds
Narrative contestation
Narrative negotiation
Glossary and topical index
Index of authors and narratives
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521715157
ISBN-10: 0521715156
Series: Cambridge Introductions to Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 13th May 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 15.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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