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The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) [Kindle Edition]

H. Porter Abbott

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'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

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This thoroughly revised second edition of this widely used textbook takes recent developments in the field into account, and includes two new chapters. Organised to be used throughout a narrative studies course, it includes many textbook features, examples and suggestions for further reading.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1235 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 271 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0521887194
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  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press; Auflage: 2 (7. April 2008)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clear, engaging, and accessible 26. März 2014
Von Stephen Paskey - Veröffentlicht auf
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Ignore the three-star reviews from college students. (I'm a law professor.) Many works on narrative theory are impenetrable to people who haven't studied the field. Abbott's book is different: a clear, engaging, and accessible introduction to literary narrative theory. If you need to know the basics, it's a great place to start.
6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very user-friendly 18. März 2015
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This is a clear and enjoyable introduction to the topic of narrative. I had thought that reading skinny little French books might be an efficient way to learn about the subject, yet somehow I never could bring myself to finish them. This book was more than double the length of some of those, but it did the trick. Contra to another reviewer's complaint about a lack of definitions, the book includes a glossary/index of technical terms at the back, which I found helpful on more than one occasion. Another nice feature is that at the end of each chapter the author mentions not only scholarly works for further reading, but also novels, films, plays and other literary forms that illustrate the issues just discussed.

Most important, the author never makes you feel that reading literature needs to be an academic chore. He presents things in such a down-to-earth way that being more aware of narrative's philosophical complexity can add to one's enjoyment, instead of sucking it out. He leaves the jelly in the jelly donut, so to speak; for a counterexample, see, e.g., Leech and Short's "Style in Fiction" (Routledge 2007), which has some topical overlap with this book.

Narrative has been a hot topic for a while in US law schools. Maybe for that reason this second edition adds a chapter highlighting the competition of narratives in US/UK-style law trials. What I'd like to see in a third edition is something even more broadly relevant: more discussion of narrative competitions in politics. In the meantime, this book gave me a lot of ideas to use in a politics and literature class I'll be teaching. But I don't think you need any academic motivation to find this book stimulating: a love of reading and a curiosity about how it works is probably enough.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A pleasure to read 17. Juli 2013
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I read a copy from the library, and decided to buy a copy for personal reference.
Happy to see that literary theory doesn't have to be incomprehensible or tedious.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good entry to a fascinating topic 3. August 2015
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Excellent overview with detailed recommendations for secondary and primary texts at end of each chapter. I would suggest the interested reader start with this book, and then move on to more focussed discussions of topics relevant to the reader. Glossary great for quick reminders of key terms covered. At times I found it hard to track references in the text - were they in the recommendations at end of chapter? the Notes at the back of the book? or the Bibliography? ... And a bit disturbing that the publisher is selling books that begin with page vii - Contents - missing title and publication/copyright details!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen So-so. Somewhat informative but not great. 13. Juli 2014
Von Ghost(Ghost(M)) - Veröffentlicht auf
The good: many frequently used terms clearly defined, so reading this book does clear your mind a bit. Also, it is not a book of argument and theories: it is a survey written in a straight, understandable language -- it truly is an introduction. Another strong point: a LOT of references to other books, for those who feel like digging in depth on any topic covered here. That's a really good thing; it saves you a lot library research effort, hearty thanks to the author for that. I've already ordered a few books based on these recommendations.

The flaws: a lot of mushy-headed vapor (a protracted discussion of the "problem" of the pre-existence of story in fiction. Really? It's difficult? Well, it's fictional, so we only pretend that there _is_ any story. That's all there is to it, but I guess, in order to be a bona-fide representative of the "second [so-called] culture" you gotta dump megatons of absurd and illogical drivel on your reader... also helps with the page count ;-)).

Very annoyingly, the book is unproofread and unedited (despite this being a second edition, and despite coming from Cambridge University Press). You expect this sort of writing from the Philadelphia Inquirer perhaps, but not in a book published by an academic via an academic publishing house of a major university.

A few examples (I won't bother with typos, of which there are some too):
p.37, "[letter] is discovered by a young woman who secretly adores this man whom she now learns loves another"

p.89, "I might see Cinderella in a different light than others"

p. 93, "[..] crux is an [...] element [...] that [...] can significantly effect how we intepret the work as a whole"

Why would an academic writer (a cultured person you'd think?) even accidentally make mistakes like that? And why would they still be around in a second edition? Of a book published by a University Press. CAMBRIDGE university press. I think it's time to lay off triumphant heorsheeing and concentrate on language basics.


The bottom line: despite all this, I _would_ recommend this book 'cause it's informative, simple, and non-argumentative. But you'll have to supress your annoyance at the facebook-level writing, and some amount of mental mush (that you really should expect in books like that). I'll also own up to having fast-forwarded over at least a third of this book. So: 2.5-3 stars. Moderately useful and not overly expensive. Could have been better. Hope for an improved third edition.
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