Narrative Mode: Diverse Interpretations (El Modo del género narrativo: Diversas interpretaciones) (in Spanish)
Miscelánea, Vol. 7, pp. 125-137, Zaragoza, 1986
4 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2011 Last revised: 24 Dec 2017
Date Written: 1986
This paper deals with narrative mode, an issue which has been relevant to the theory of representation already from the classical texts on poetics and semiotics by Plato and Aristotle. By "mode" we mean in a wide sense the greater or lesser filtering of narrative information through the narrator's activity, the greater or lesser pre-processing of cognitive information effected by the narrator. In comparing several contemporary theories of narrative, we observe a number of recurrent positions when it comes to the opposition between direct, immediate or dramatic modes of story presentation, as against more distancing modes of representation, which offer the reader information in a more univocal or previously processed way ("showing" versus "telling"). A preliminary semiotic classification of such modes is put forward.
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Keywords: Narrative, Representation, Narrative mode, Narratology, Showing, Telling, Literary theory
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