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A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives

A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives



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Story, in the largest sense of the term, is arguably the single most important aspect of narrative. But with the proliferation of antimimetic writing, traditional narrative theory has been inadequate for conceptualizing and theorizing a vast body of innovative narratives. In A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives, Brian Richardson proposes a new model for evaluating literature—returning to the basis of narrative theory to illuminate how authors play with and help clarify the boundaries of narrative theory. While he focuses on late modernist, postmodern, and contemporary narratives, the study also includes many earlier works, spanning from Aristophanes and Shakespeare through James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Salman Rushdie and Angela Carter.

By exploring fundamental questions about narrative, Richardson provides a detailed, nuanced, and comprehensive theory that includes neglected categories of storytelling and significantly enhances our treatment of traditional areas of analysis. Ultimately, this book promises to transform and expand the study of story and plot. 

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ISBN-13: 9780814214121
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 983,271
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brian Richardson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice (OSU Press, 2015).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mimetic and Antimimetic Narrative Dynamics                         
Chapter One: Narrative, the Nonnarrative, and the Unnarratable                            
Chapter Two: Modeling Narrative Beginnings                                                      
Chapter Three: Narrative Middles I: Plot, Probability, and Tellability                    
Chapter Four: Narrative Middles II: Non Plot-Based Narrative Progressions                    
Chapter Five: The Varieties of Narrative Time                                                      
Chapter Six: Adventures of the Book: Fabricating Fabula and Syuzhet                  
Chapter Seven: Narrative Endings: Fixed, Unfixed, Illusory, and Unnatural           
Conclusion: Narrative Theory and the Poetics of Story and Plot                                                
Works Cited          

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