This study fills three of the most serious gaps in narrative theory and analysis of fiction. Firstly, it provides the long overdue, first genuinely comprehensive model of literary narrative («fiction»). Its «structuralist-generative» nature allows to integrate the findings of most major theorists of the twentieth century. The model is explained in detail and illustrated by a fold-out chart. Secondly, in contrast to structuralist narrative theory, the model is not a mere inventory of the various «units» of which a work of fiction consists. Rather, it elucidates the dynamic interplay of the literary narrative’s various content «components» and discourse «aspects» which convey its thematic idea. Thirdly, the feasibility of the model is extensively demonstrated by the (selective) analysis of several short stories, a novella and a novel. – In the appendix, a student paper shows the model’s heuristic-«didactic» power at the level of advanced literary studies.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 315 pp., num. graphs
Contents: Introduction: A Critical History of Narrative Theory (Narratology) – A Structuralist-generative Model of
Literary Narrative as a Frame of Reference for the Systematic Analysis of Individual Works of Fiction – «Deep Structure Signals»
in Fiction – W.O. Hendricks’ Structuralist Analysis of Ambrose Bierce’s Oil of Dog –James Joyce: The Boarding
House –Angus Wilson: More Friend Than Lodger –Graham Greene: Travels with my Aunt –David
Herbert Lawrence: Odour of Chrysanthemums –Appendix: A Student Essay.