Review of 'Recent Trends in Narratological Research'
Miscelánea, Vol. 22, pp. 215-222, 2000
5 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2011
Date Written: 2000
This is a review of the volume "Recent Trends in Narratological Research: Papers from the Narratology Round Table ESSE 4, September 1997, Debrecen, Hungary, and Other Contributions," ed. John Pier (GRAAT - Groupe de Recherches Anglo-Américaines de Tours, 21), Tours: Groupe de Recherches Anglo-Américaines de l'Université François Rabelais de Tours, 1999. This review of the theories put forward by this group of European narratologists calls for a greater integreation of narratology on the one hand with ideological criticism, and on the other with linguistics. It points out some of the main concepts which, while they are questioned by some contemporary narratologists, are crucial in order to allow for a circulation and a continuity between narratology, criticism, and linguistic pragmatics - e.g. the concept of the implied author. E.g., A. Nünning's cognitivist reformulation of the concept of the implied author is rejected as insufficient to account for the communicative effects (irony, etc.) and the interpretive consequences attending the use of unreliable narrators. A number elements of abstract and idealistic formalism which are to be found in some of the propounded models of analysis are also criticized.
Keywords: Literary theory, Criticism, Pragmatics of literature, Narratology, Narrative, Narrative theory, Implied author, Unreliable narrator
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