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The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative



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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.

Table of Contents

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
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