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The Cambridge Companion to Narrative by David Herman

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative

Part of the Cambridge Companions to Literature Series


The Cambridge Companion to Narrative by David Herman

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative provides a unique and valuable overview of current approaches to narrative study. An international team of experts explores ideas of storytelling and methods of narrative analysis as they have emerged across diverse traditions of inquiry and in connection with a variety of media, from film and television, to storytelling in the 'real-life' contexts of face-to-face interaction, to literary fiction. Each chapter presents a survey of scholarly approaches to topics such as character, dialogue, genre or language, shows how those approaches can be brought to bear on a relatively well-known illustrative example, and indicates directions for further research. Featuring a chapter reviewing definitions of narrative, a glossary of key terms and a comprehensive index, this is an essential resource for both students and scholars in many fields, including language and literature, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, jurisprudence, communication and media studies, and the social sciences.


'Providing invaluable insight into the minutest formats of narrative manifestation ... a comprehensive resource that cuts across multiple disciplines, illuminating perennials of homo diegesis and the condition of narrativity.'
American, British and Canadian Studies

'A precious addition to our library, yes, no matter what level students of narrative we are.'
University of Debrecen

About the Author

David Herman is Professor of English at Ohio State University.

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Publication date

19th July 2007


David Herman

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Cambridge University Press


328 pages


Literary theory



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