The Structure of the Fabula (I): Aristotle's 'Poetics' (Narrative Theory, 1)

22 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2015

Date Written: 1990

Abstract

'Narrative Theory' is an online introduction to classical structuralist narratological analysis. The first section addresses the structure of the action or fabula, a mode of analysis that originates in Aristotle's 'Poetics', a seminal work in the theory of narrative. Aristotle's main concepts bearing on fabula structure are examined: his definition of plot and unity of action, his classification of kinds of plots, taking into account the characters' knowledge, and his conception of the sections of plots. This is followed by an account of his theory of characters.

Keywords: Poetics, Narratology, Action, Representation, Plot, Discourse structure, Literary theory,

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, The Structure of the Fabula (I): Aristotle's 'Poetics' (Narrative Theory, 1) (1990). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2689058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2689058

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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