Narrating Narrating: Twisting the Twice-Told Tale

THEORIZING NARRATIVITY, pp. 419-451, John Pier, José Ángel García Landa, eds., Walter de Gruyter, 2008

17 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2011

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

There is a structural/genetic continuity between everyday oral narrative and elaborate literary narratives, with listeners gradually becoming an audience. Literary stories which narrate some character's oral narrating keep us aware of this continuity, and build bridges between advanced literate and oral forms, reappropriating orality for literature, and constructing advanced interactional forms precisely through a return, with a difference, to the origins of narrative interaction. The paper examines some aspects of oral narration in written fiction, and suggests the general proposition that retelling is a crucial concept in narrative analysis, as narratives always retell earlier narratives.

Keywords: narratology, narrative theory, narrator, narrating, oral narrative, pragmatics, linguistic interaction, repetition, intertextuality

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Narrating Narrating: Twisting the Twice-Told Tale (2008). THEORIZING NARRATIVITY, pp. 419-451, John Pier, José Ángel García Landa, eds., Walter de Gruyter, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1861414

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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