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A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative offers a collection of foundational essays introducing the reader to the full scope of unnatural narrative theory: its meaning, its goals, its extent, its paradoxes. This volume brings together a distinguished group of international critics, scholars, and historians of literature that includes several of the world’s leading narrative theorists. Together, they survey many basic areas of narrative studies from an unnatural perspective: story, time, space, voice, minds, narrative levels, realism, nonfiction, hyperfiction, and narrative poetry. Rarely have these fundamental concepts been subjected to such an original and thoroughgoing reconceptualization. Much of the book is directed toward an investigation of experimental and antirealist work. Each essay focuses on texts and episodes that narrative theory has tended to neglect, and each provides theoretical formulations that are commensurate with such exceptional works. A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative articulates and delineates the newest and most radical movement in narrative studies. This anthology will be of great interest to students and scholars of narrative studies and of the history and theory of modern fiction.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-4
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1. Unnatural Stories and Sequences
  2. pp. 16-30
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  1. 2. The Whirligig of Time: Toward a Poetics of Unnatural Temporality
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 3. Unnatural Spaces and Narrative Worlds
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. 4. Naturalizing and Unnaturalizing Reading Strategies: Focalization Revisited
  2. pp. 67-93
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  1. 5. Unnatural Minds
  2. pp. 94-112
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  1. 6. 'Unnatural' Metalepsis and Immersion: Necessarily Incompatible?
  2. pp. 113-141
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  1. 7. Realism and the Unnatural
  2. pp. 142-166
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  1. 8. Implausibilities, Crossovers, and Impossibilities: A Rhetorical Approach to Breaks in the Code of Mimetic Character Narration
  2. pp. 167-184
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  1. 9. Unnatural Narrative in Hypertext Fiction
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. 10. The Unnaturalness of Narrative Poetry
  2. pp. 199-222
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-234
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  1. Other Works in the Series, Back Cover
  2. pp. 242-244
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