Narrative and Narration: Some Rudiments

George M. Wilson

in Seeing Fictions in Film

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199594894
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731440 | DOI:
Narrative and Narration: Some Rudiments

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This chapter attempts to give an overview of the framework and some of the chief concepts of traditional narratology. However, the chapter also devotes a fair amount of space to raising critical issues about those concepts. This constitutes material the book will subsequently investigate. In particular, it has been widely held that every mode of telling a story, involves a narrative (the story told), a narration (the telling of the story), and a text (the specific medium in which the telling is embodied.) It is widely held in addition that every instance of fictional narration, presupposes a fictional narrator (the agent that fictionally tells the story), although the narrator may be “effaced.” This chapter propounds some questions about both of these assumptions, particularly as they apply to fiction film. These are questions that are discussed at length in later chapters.

Keywords: narratology; narrative; narration; text; narrator; implied author; point of view

Chapter.  7791 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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