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An Introduction
The Form and Functioning of Narrative

Narratology Jan Christoph Meister 1 Definition Narratology is a humanities discipline dedicated to the study of the log- ic, principles, and practices of narrative representation. Dominated by structuralist approaches at its beginning, narratology has developed into a variety of theories, concepts, and analytic proce- dures. Its concepts and models are widely used as heuristic tools, and narratological theorems play a central role in the exploration and mod­ eling of our ability to produce and process narratives in a multitude of forms, media, contexts, and

Narratology Jan Christoph Meister 1 Definition Narratology is a humanities discipline dedicated to the study of the logic, principles, and practices of narrative representation. Dominated by structuralist approaches at its beginning, narratology has developed into a variety of theories, concepts, and analytic proce- dures. Its concepts and models are widely used as heuristic tools, and narratological theorems play a central role in the exploration and mod- eling of our ability to produce and process narratives in a multitude of forms, media, contexts

Narratology thor and from those who contended that the role of the reader/interpreter is not so trans- parent or self-effacing. The latter would in- clude historicist, Marxist and psychoanalytical metacritics who emphasized the role of the critic's perspective. (See also *New Histori- cism, *materialist criticism.) A more recent approach is deconstruction, which questions canonicity (that certain works, for whatever reason, have more importance or significance than others, or should have more dominance in study than others). (See *canon.) Accordingly, a text may

narratology when the narratologists around the world were only interested in different narrative genres. Did you do this because you got some inspiration when you were doing your research, or did you do it for some other reasons? Can you briefly tell us the reasons why you chose these topics and share your research experience with us? Zhao Regarding this issue, I want to say that I was greatly stimulated by a previous experience. In the 1980s, there was a deputy director of an institute of literature, a scholar I respect very much, editing a series of literary theory books

In a vigorous 2016 challenge to narrative theory, Liisa Steinby criticizes the field’s scientific pretensions, claiming that Gérard Genette’s seminal Narrative Discourse is especially indebted to Galileo’s space-time continuum, which informs Galileo’s understanding of time, focalization, and subjectivity. Sketching here some possibilities for geographical narratology, I will consider in what follows the limiting influence of material science on both narratology and the academic discipline of geography. Geography, as that discipline was initially understood, is

In his celebrated article of 2003 on “Narratology or Narratologies?”, Ansgar Nünning maps the new developments and approaches in narrative studies by classifying them into eight broad categories: (1) “Contextualist, Thematic, and Ideological Approaches: Applications of Narratology in Literary Studies; (2)Transgeneric and Transmedial Applications and Elaborations of Narratology; (3) Pragmatic and Rhetorical Kinds of Narratology; (4) Cognitive and Reception-theory-oriented Kinds of (‘Meta’-) Narratology; (5) Postmodern and Poststructuralist Deconstructions of