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Title: In Pursuit of Narrative Dynamics
Subtitle: A Study of James Phelan's Rhetorical Theory of Narrative
Written By: Biwu Shang
Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften - Volume 463

This book makes an intensive study of James Phelan's rhetorical theory of
narrative. Apart from illustrating six basic principles in doing rhetorical theory
of narrative, the author examines six major issues which are central to
Phelan's rhetorical poetics, namely, focalization, character narration,
unreliable narration, narrative progression, narrative judgments, and narrative
ethics. For each narratological concept, the author minutely conducts a
genealogical study to make the review work complete. The book not only
compares Phelan's rhetorical narratology with classical narratology but also
with other strands of postclassical narratology. A detailed bibliography makes
this book a compendium of narrative theory which is of relevance for scholars
and students of all literary disciplines.

Contents: Beyond the Poetics of Plot: Phelan's Theory of Narrative
Progression - A New Light on the Old Concept: Phelan's Theory of Character
Narrator - The Rhetorical Approach Revisited and Updated: Phelan's Theory
of Unreliable Narration - "Narrator as Focalizer", and "Dual Focalization":
Phelan's Theory of Focalization - The Activation of Multileveled Responses:
Phelan's Theory of Narrative Judgments - The Ethics of "the Told", the
Ethics of "the Telling", and the Ethics of "the Reading": Phelan's Theory of
Narrative Ethics.

Biwu Shang is an associate professor of English at Zhejiang Gong Shang
University, China. He works primarily in the areas of narrative theory, literary
theory, and the art of Ian McEwan. His articles were published or are
forthcoming in such international journals as Foreign Literature Studies,
Journal of Literary Semantics, Language and Literature, and Semiotica.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034305624
Pages: 258
Prices: U.S. $ 73.95
U.K. £ 44.00
Europe EURO 49.20