In this ground breaking work of synthesis, Monika Fludernik combines insights from literary theory and linguistics to provide a challenging new theory of narrative.
This book is both an historical survey and theoretical study, with the author drawing on an enormous range of examples from the earliest oral study to contemporary experimental fiction. She uses these examples to prove that recent literature, far from heralding the final collapse of narrative, represents the epitome of a centuries long developmental process.
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'Meticulously researched and cogently argued, this landmark work in narratology is perhaps the most distinguished recent contribution to the study of narrative....This highly recommendable book will be essential reading not only for all graduate students of English literature, literary theory, and narrative texts, but for the growing number of people concerned with building bridges between the traditionally separate disciplines of literary studies, linguistics, and cognitive theory' - European Journal of English Studies
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