What Stories are: Narrative Theory and Interpretation by Thomas M. Leitch
A sophisticated and detailed article on narrative theory that begins by attacking the customary distinction between "story" and "discourse" (intermediate narrative), what stories propose an alternative definition of narrative based…
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A sophisticated and detailed article on narrativetheory that begins by attacking the customary distinction between "story" and "discourse" (intermediate narrative),what stories propose an alternative definition of narrative based on its discursive properties, and explore the implications of this definition for traditional categories of theoryNarrative (plot, character, etc.). This book combines two main directions in the study of narratives over the last 20 years, one towards building larger and better structural systems, and the other towards producing more precise and complex interpretations of certain texts.
By presenting earlier and alternative theories of narration accurately and fairly, the author gets an amazing degree of originality, redefining the subject in new and important ways. What are the outstanding stories of the logic and integrity of his intellectual design and his people's interests and tastes.
Leach enjoys a great deal of admiration in the literature he treats, and his formulation of the constitutive tension in the narratives between telephonic and reproductive necessities is newly expressed and makes it a welcome and undesirable place.
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