This is an engaging introduction to the novel and narrative theory that will deepen readers' understanding and enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of this popular genre. * Provides readers with the critical tools to become expert narratologists and more insightful readers * Reflects on the rise of world literature, with examples drawn from Spanish, French, Italian, German, Scandinavian, and Russian novels for analysis or illustration, as well as works from English and American literature * Featured topics include the handling of space and time in the novel, narrative situations, literary symbols, and gendering
Christoph Bode is Chair of Modern English Literature at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. He has written 20 books and some 70 articles - both in English and German - on Narratology, Romanticism, and Critical Theory. Bode is also President of the German Society for English Romanticism and a Corresponding Fellow of the English Association.
Preface. Translator's Note. Acknowledgments. 1. Beginnings: What Do You Expect? 1 Beginning. 2 Sense and Meaning. 3 Rules of the Game. 4 Links and Connections. 5 I. 6 First Sentences: Enticements. 2. The Modern European Novel: Predecessors, Origins, Conventions, Sub-Genres. 1 Dangers and Allurements of Novel-Reading: What's Novel about the Novel? 2 Fact and Fiction: No Man is an Island. 3 Fiction, Illusion, Realism. 4 Variety of Types: Triumph of Polyphony. 3. The Object of Every Analysis: The How of the What (Discourse and Story). 4. Time. 1 Narrative Time and Narrated Time. 2 Order. 3 Frequency. 4 Tense and Narrative. 5. Characters. 1 Character Conception. 2 Character Portrayal. 6. Teutonic Rosette or Gallic Taxonomy? Identifying the Narrative Situation. 1 Prologue. 2 Stanzel's Typological Circle: A Preliminary Overview. 3 Splitting the In-dividual: The First-Person Narrative Situation. 4 The Impossibility of the Familiar: The Authorial Narrative Situation. 5 Abolishing Narrative in Narrative - the Illusion of Immediacy: The Figural Narrative Situation. 6 Genette's Narrative Theory: The Basics. 7 Who Speaks? - Voice. 8 Who Perceives? - Focalization. 9 Internal - External: Advantage Genette? 10 Coda. 11 The Novel as Atonement. 7. Multiperspectivity, Unreliability, and the Impossibility of Editing Out the Gender Aspect. 1 Multiperspectivity. 2 Unreliable Narration. 3 The Narration's Gender. 8. Now You See It, Now You Don't: Symbolism and Space. 9. The End of the Novel and the Future of an Illusion. 1 Experience, Storytelling, (Hi)stories. 2 Meaning Orientation. 3 Novels: Allegories of Telling. References. Further Reading. Index of Authors and Critics.