Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative

Narratology Introduction to the Theory of Narrative Since its first publication in English in Mieke Bal s Narratology has become the international classic and comprehensive introduction to the theory of narrative texts Narratology is a systematic

  • Title: Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative
  • Author: Mieke Bal
  • ISBN: 9780802096319
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since its first publication in English in 1985, Mieke Bal s Narratology has become the international classic and comprehensive introduction to the theory of narrative texts Narratology is a systematic account of narrative techniques, methods, their transmission, and reception, in which Bal distills years of study of the ways in which we understand both literary and non liSince its first publication in English in 1985, Mieke Bal s Narratology has become the international classic and comprehensive introduction to the theory of narrative texts Narratology is a systematic account of narrative techniques, methods, their transmission, and reception, in which Bal distills years of study of the ways in which we understand both literary and non literary works.In this third edition, Bal updates the book to include analysis of film narratives while also sharpening and tightening her language to make it the most readable and student friendly edition to date Bal also introduces new sections that treat and clarify several modernist texts that pose narratological challenges With changes prompted by ten years of feedback from scholars and teachers, Narratology remains the most important contribution to the study of the way narratives work, are formed, and are received.

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    Mieke Bal is a Dutch literary theorist, cultural and art historian.

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  • In Narratology, Mieke Bal argues that a narrative text can be divided into three layers: the fabula (elements, or series of events), the story (aspects, e.g. ordering, point of view), and the text (words). At each level there is an agent: fabula (actor, or agent who performs actions), story (focalizer, or subject of focalization), and text (narrator, or linguistic subject). The first two chapters (fabula, story) were clearly presented and fairly straightforward, the third chapter (text) a little [...]


  • This is supposed to be an excellent introduction to narratology, which I suppose it is, but I guess my head just wasn't up to reading what seemed to me a dry analysis of what makes a story a story. I suppose it's time for me to find and reread Cohan and Shires' "Telling Stories," which I think does the same job but with a little more verve.



  • Sometimes I read academic texts for information, sometimes for edification, and sometimes, simply because I want to brush up on my jargon in a particular area. This latter reason was why I picked up this book. It is groundbreaking in that Bal was one of the first to really codify the theory of narrotology into a field of study. And, on some levels, the discussion is useful particularly the ways in which narrotology can offer a critical perspective outside of literature. Beyond the jargon, howeve [...]


  • I read (most of) this book for a course in narratology which I audited years ago. Am thinking of rereading it now, having run into someone who works on the incredibly awesome topic of Narrative AIs for video games. Not sure this is exactly the topic which most parallels that concern in the humanities, but hey, I should reread this anyway.



  • It's not as if this book has a lot in it to surprise-- I think most people who come to it know what they are getting into, a famously "systematic" take on narrative theory, with a share of complicated symbols, etc. But despite some sort of short-sighted statements, like the claim that a narrative is a among other things, a text with a first and last word, this is a remarkably durable book, and one that seems at least open to the possibility that readers process texts as they go along, not only a [...]


  • This book is essential - if you're interested in narratology - the study of narrative. most people aren't. this book is extremely dry, but gains in clarity in a pretty difficult topic. it's hopelessly structuralist, but mieke bal does a good job, in this second edition, to tie narratology to other means of doing ideological critique.


  • A thin book in which Bal analyzes the techniques of narrative, including the duration of a representation, its frequency, and its chronological order. Her discussion of focalization is particularly good.


  • A revisited conceptual frameworks of narratology, packed with tons of academic gibberish that are useful when you need to cite something 'sophisticated'.


  • Um livro básico para estudantes, pesquisadores e interessados em narrativa e narratologia. A abordagem é bastante detalhada e faz um caminho estruturalista necessário para um conhecimento preciso sobre as categorias da narrativa.


  • Although a bit dense and difficult to read at times, this is overall an intriguing introduction to narratology. A lot of useful theory for reading and analyzing texts.



  • El contenido del libro es interesante, a más no poder, pero es de una densidad expositiva abrumadora. Apropiado para lectores con un alto nivel teórico, pero difícil para el lector medio que, como yo, trata de aproximarse a las entrañas de la narrativa. Incluso considerando que ciertas personas más acostumbradas a ello no tendrán tantas dificultades para asimilarlo, creo que Mieke Bal hubiera dotado a la obra de más trascendencia con un lenguaje algo más asequible, tal vez dedicando más [...]


  • Interesante estudio de la focalización y un vistazo muy superficial al resto de características de la narrativa. Dicho esto es el libro peor formateado que me he echado a la cara, se han limitado a escanearlo con un montón de erratas y un magnifico indice analítico que te manda a páginas que no están numeradas. Bien señores.





  • First time I've read a analytic discussion of the elements of narrative. It's good. I'd love to find more like this. Any suggestions?


  • A brutal read - if this is the easiest book on Narratology then it's a tough discipline!! But in the end I feel smarter and will never see the world the same way again.





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