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Narrative Fiction: Contemporary Poetics (New Accents) Paperback – 5 May 1983

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (5 May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415042941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415042949
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,926,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her most recent publications include A Glance Beyond Doubt: Narration, Representation, Subjectivity and Re-Reading Texts: Re-Thinking Critical Presuppositions. Her current projects concerns the concepts or narrative in different desciplines (psychoanalysis, historiography, legal studies and the medical humanities). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was confronted with this book at university during a course on mystery/crime/detective fiction. At first, it seemed a little daunting, but in the course of the following seminars on various other subjects from Jane Austen to E.M. Forster, it proved to be universally useful. Apart from providing an overview of other narrative theories, on which she bases her own, Rimmon-Kenan succeeds in giving the student a set of comprehensive and comprehensible theoretical instruments for literary analysis. Thus she enables the literary scholar to gain profound insights into the narrative set-up of literary works and into the characterization of the characters by the narrator. I'm very glad I've come across a professor who has a great predilection for Rimmon-Kenan's theory. Not only was "Narrative Fiction" a great help in the course of my studies, but it also gave my pleasure reading a new dimension. I had thought I'd lost my copy once, and got a new one. Well, now I have two. But this book is worth every inch of shelf space... even in double.
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A good buy! A good book!
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this book is exactly what I needed for my university studies. It has been extremely helpful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old but still good introduction to narratology 23 Oct. 1999
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This is a useful introduction to narratology. It is ordered according to Genette's tripartite division into Text, Narration and Story. However, sometimes the same terms are explained in more than one of these fields, causing confusion (for example: characterization). A further and more serious cause of confusion is the treatment of very different schools of analysis, such as Propp and Levi-Strauss, that have very little in common with Genette. In this way the Genettian division makes no sense, and this book would be better served if it would limit its scope to one approach instead of taking them all aboard. The discussion of Genette and related scholars (Prince, Chatman, the Tel Aviv poeticians) itself is quite excellent. That would be worth four stars, but because the book was never updated since its original publication in 1983, it is marked down by one. The bibliography gives a splendid account of all the work done up to 1983, stressing the most important publications with an asterisk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unified theory of narrative? 14 Oct. 2000
By Gideon Haberkorn - Published on
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Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan provides a very readable synthesis of approaches to narrative fiction, one of the most useful books on narratology I know. It is shorter than Toolan's "Narrative", less fragmented than "Narratology: An Introduction", but at the time of this writing, it is also less available than either of the other titles.
The only other book I know that does such a good job in combining different approaches to narrative is Seymour Chatman's "Story and Discourse". Of course, unlike Chatman, Rimmon-Kenan focuses on written narratives (Chatman also deals with film narratives), but much of what is said can be applied to films as well.
Sections include: events, characters, time, characterization, focalization, levels and voices, and speech representation.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Narratology 22 May 2000
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Rimmon-Kenan's introduction to narratology possesses that rare quality of clarity and simplicity which lulls the reader into believing that he or she actually intuited it all beforehand. In a field as theoretical and complex as narratology, such an introduction is a gem. Beware of chapter 2, though. It delves too deeply into structuralism without clarifying sufficiently the terms that convey its concepts. In fact, Rimmon-Kenan herself did not entirely write this chapter. She relied "heavily on a draft prepared by" an early collaborator on the book, Moshe Ron, who then had to retire from the project. Rimmon-Kenan says that "the general conception, the substance, the order of the items, and the style have undergone serious changes, so that...Ron can no longer be held responsible for the weaknesses" (p. 134 n. 1). The sharp contrast in style with the rest of the book-for the worse-testifies to the overlaid character of this chapter and makes one wish she had rewritten it from scratch. Still, the book provides a fine introduction even without that chapter. The selectively annotated, refreshingly brief but substantive bibliography offers a rare treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and accessible 21 Dec. 2015
By M. Ayala - Published on
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I keep buying copies of this book because I end up giving them away to colleagues who find it useful. This text provides an excellent framework for considering narrative in all its forms, and we have used it very successfully with both undergrad and grad courses on literature and film. It provides germane examples although, depending on the course, I often supplement with applications that are more explicitly related to the course's focus. This is also a great starting point for students writing a critical analysis of a narrative work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 27 July 2013
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This is an excellent introduction to Narratology. Rimmon-Kenan approaches the key concepts and problems of the field with balance and clarity. The text is very well written, concise, and surprisingly thorough for such a diminutive text. If you are even remotely interested, I would strongly recommend buying it. If you are really interested, complement this text with a copy of Mieke Bal's Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. Although the two texts cover essentially the same ground, they shine a great deal more light on the topics together than they do separately.
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