Postmodern Narrative Theory

This book is an accessible and stimulating summary of the often over-complex theories that have transformed the study of narrative in recent decades.

Postmodern Narrative Theory


Handbook of Narrative Analysis

Gibson, Towards a Postmodern Theory of Narrative, 212–35. 26. Currie,
Postmodern Narrative Theory, 54—61. 27. Paul de Man, Blindness and Insight:
Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism (London:Methuen, 1971). 28.
Gibson ...

Handbook of Narrative Analysis

Sorts out both traditional and recent narrative theories, providing the necessary skills to interpret any story that comes along.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory

However, it was left to Hutcheon to develop Jencks's double-coding idea into a
full-fledged theory of postmodern narrative, which she identifies with the *genre
she dubs >“historiographic metafiction. Historiographic metafictions such as John
 ...

Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory

The past several decades have seen an explosion of interest in narrative, with this multifaceted object of inquiry becoming a central concern in a wide range of disciplinary fields and research contexts. As accounts of what happened to particular people in particular circumstances and with specific consequences, stories have come to be viewed as a basic human strategy for coming to terms with time, process, and change. However, the very predominance of narrative as a focus of interest across multiple disciplines makes it imperative for scholars, teachers, and students to have access to a comprehensive reference resource.

Victims and the Postmodern Narrative or Doing Violence to the Body

Handelman, Susan, The Slayers of Moses: The Emergence of Rabbinic
Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory (Albany, N.Y.: 1982). Heidegger, Martin,
Poetry, Language, Thought, trans. Albert Hofstadter (New York and London,
1971).

Victims and the Postmodern Narrative or Doing Violence to the Body

Victims and the Postmodern Narrative suggests that reading and writing about literature are ways to gain an ethical understanding of how we live in the world. Postmodern narrative is an important way to reveal and discuss who are society's victims, inviting the reader to become one with them. A close reading of fiction by Toni Morrison, Patrick Suskind, D.M. Thomas, Ian McEwan and J.M. Coetzee reveals a violence imposed on gender, race and the body-politic. Such violence is not new to the postmodern world, but merely reflects Western culture's religious traditions, as the author demonstrates through a reading of stories from the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament.

Towards a Postmodern Theory of Narrative

This book reconstructs the narratological system and its geometrics.Bachelard set out to study the psychological problem presented by our convictions about fire.

Towards a Postmodern Theory of Narrative

This book reconstructs the narratological system and its geometrics.Bachelard set out to study the psychological problem presented by our convictions about fire.

The Art of Narrative Psychiatry

Narrative Psychiatry: Narrative Approaches to Initial Psychiatric Consultations” in
2005, and “Bringing Narrative ... the narrative perspectives and social privileges
of its creators.21 Postmodern narrative theory then infused other branches of the
 ...

The Art of Narrative Psychiatry

Narrative psychiatry empowers patients to shape their lives through story. Rather than focusing only on finding the source of the problem, in this collaborative clinical approach psychiatrists also help patients diagnose and develop their sources of strength. By encouraging the patient to explore their personal narrative through questioning and story-telling, the clinician helps the patient participate in and discover the ways in which they construct meaning, how they view themselves, what their values are, and who it is exactly that they want to be. These revelations in turn inform clinical decision-making about what it is that ails them, how they'd like to treat it, and what recovery might look like. The Art of Narrative Psychiatry is the first comprehensive description of narrative psychiatry in action. Engaging and accessible, it demonstrates how to help patients cultivate their personal sources of strength and meaning as resources for recovery. Illustrated with vivid case reports and in-depth accounts of therapeutic conversations, the book offers psychiatrists and psychotherapists detailed guidance in the theory and practice of this collaborative approach. Drawing inspiration from narrative therapy, post-modern philosophy, humanistic medicine, and social justice movements - and replete with ways to more fully manifest the intentions of the mental health recovery model - this engaging new book shows how to draw on the standard psychiatric toolbox while also maintaining focus on the patient's vision of the world and illuminating their skills and strengths. Written by a pioneer in the field, The Art of Narrative Psychiatry describes a breadth of nuanced, powerful narrative practices, including externalizing problems, listening for what is absent but implicit, facilitating re-authoring conversations, fostering communities of support, and creating therapeutic documents. The Art of Narrative Psychiatry addresses mental health challenges that range from mild to severe, including anxiety, depression, despair, anorexia/bulimia, perfectionism, OCD, trauma, psychosis, and loss. True to form, the author narrates her own experience throughout, sharing her internal thoughts and decision-making processes as she listens to patients. The Art of Narrative Psychiatry is necessary reading for any professional seeking to empower their patients and become a better, more compassionate clinician.

Postmodern Literary Theory

Postmodern Literary Theory

Literature today is a very different concept from that of only a generation ago, and this difference is attributed usually to 'postmodernism'. Most radical of all is the possibility that the very notion of literature is rendered untenable by postmodernism. How did this possibility arise? Who are the key figures responsible for its emergence; which are the key texts of its expression? This Anthology provides ways of responding to such questions.

Identity Narrative and Politics

One obvious move would be to extend the arguments and methods here to
postmodern narrative(s) and political theory. In introduction to this study I briefly
alluded to the reasons internal to it for my exclusion of the avowedly postmodern
 ...

Identity  Narrative and Politics

Identity, Narrative and Politics argues that political theory has barely begun to develop a notion of narrative identity; instead the book explores the sophisticated ideas which emerge from novels as alternative expressions of political understanding. This title uses a broad international selection of Twentieth Century English language works, by writers such as Nadine Gordimer and Thomas Pynchon. The book considers each novel as a source of political ideas in terms of content, structure, form and technique. The book assumes no prior knowledge of the literature discussed, and will be fascinating reading for students of literature, politics and cultural studies.

Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing

Roel Daamen (Amsterdam Free University) National Narratives and the Paradox
of Postmodernism The Nephew, a symbol ... As Mark Currie has remarked in
Postmodern Narrative Theory, both viewpoints - the division between formalism
and ...

Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing

Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing seeks to ascertain the relationship obtaining between the specific form postmodernism assumes in a given culture, and the national narrative in which that culture traditionally recognizes itself. Theo D'haen provides a general introduction to the issue of “cultural identity and postmodern writing.” Jos Joosten and Thomas Vaessens take a look at Dutch literature, and particular Dutch poetry, in relation to “postmodernism.” Robert Haak and Andrea Kunne do the same with regard to, respectively, German and Austrian literature, while Roel Daamen turns to Scottish literature. Patricia Krus discusses postmodernism in relation to Caribbean literature, and Kristian van Haesendonck and Nanne Timmer turn their attention to Puerto Rican and Cuban literature, while Adriana Churampi deals with Peruvian literature. Finally, Markha Valenta investigates the roots of the postmodernism debate in the United States. This volume is of interest to all students and scholars of modern and contemporary literature, and to anyone interested in issues of identity as linked to matters of culture.

Rewriting

Examines the tendency of post-World War II writers to rewrite earlier narratives by Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, and others.

Rewriting

Examines the tendency of post-World War II writers to rewrite earlier narratives by Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, and others.

Postmodern Literature and Race

Postmodern. Politics. of. Race. Sara Upstone In the scholarly fields of
postcolonial and African-American literature, frequent attention is paid to
synergies with postmodern theory; essays by Alison Ward, Peter Morey, Vedrana
Velickovic and ...

Postmodern Literature and Race

Postmodernism and Race explores the question of how dramatic shifts in conceptions of race in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been addressed by writers at the cutting edge of equally dramatic transformations of literary form. An opening section engages with the broad question of how the geographical and political positioning of experimental writing informs its contribution to racial discourses, while later segments focus on central critical domains within this field: race and performativity, race and the contemporary nation, and postracial futures. With essays on a wide range of contemporary writers, including Bernadine Evaristo, Alasdair Gray, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Levy, and Don DeLillo, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the politics and aesthetics of contemporary writing.

Modern and Postmodern Narratives of Race Gender and Identity

In feminist criticism and queer theory , the most important scholar to give attention
to the close connection between race and sexuality is Judith Butler . By warning
in Gender Trouble : Feminism and the Subversion of Identity that “ [ fJeminist ...

Modern and Postmodern Narratives of Race  Gender  and Identity

The alleged affair between Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, and his slave Sally Hemings was proven as a fact by DNA analysis in 1998. While many historians continue to deny the affair, some have accepted the love affair between Jefferson and Hemings as fact, and many historical omissions regarding the affair have been revised since the 1998 DNA results. However, the identity and the dignity of the Hemings family, which were previously ignored in the official history, have been restored not only by science but also by literature. This book examines how African American writers have depicted the issues of race, gender, and identity for Sally Hemings and her descendants in modern and postmodern novels.

Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism

This chapter takes as its focus the idea of self, how it has been reconceptualised
in postmodernist narrative thinking and ... been in the move to social
constructionist and narrative ideas that we have seen the start of an interest in
theory of self, ...

Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism

Postmodernist ideas are widely used in family therapy. However, it is argued that these ideas have their limits in meeting the richness and complexity of human experience and therapy practice. Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism examines postmodernism and its expressions in family therapy, raising questions about: * reality and realness * the subjective process of truth * the experience of self. Alongside identifying the difficulties in any sole reliance on narrative and constructionist ideas, this book advocates the value of selected psychoanalytic ideas for family therapy practice, in particular: * attachment and the unconscious * transference, projective identification and understandings of time * psychoanalytic ideas about thinking and containment in the therapeutic relationship. Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism offers a sustained critical discussion of the possibilities and limits of contemporary family therapy knowledge, and develops a place for psychoanalytic ideas in systemic thinking and practice. It will be of great interest to family therapists, psychotherapists and other mental health professional

From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation

From the I 970s into the early twenty-first century, exhumation becomes a central
plot of postmodern literature and theory, responding both to the growing unease
within modernist representations (the burial trope) and to the linguistic turn.

From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation

How fictional representations of dead bodies develop over the twentieth century is the central concern of Lisa K. Perdigao's study of American writers. Arguing that the crisis of bodily representation can be traced in the move from modernist entombment to postmodernist exhumation, Perdigao considers how works by writers from F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, and Richard Wright to Jody Shields, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Jeffrey Eugenides reflect changing attitudes about dying, death, and mourning. For example, while modernist writers direct their plots toward a transformation of the dead body by way of metaphor, postmodernist writers exhume the transformed body, reasserting its materiality. Rather than viewing these tropes in oppositional terms, Perdigao examines the implications for narrative of the authors' apparently contradictory attempts to recover meaning at the site of loss. She argues that entombment and exhumation are complementary drives that speak to the tension between the desire to bury the dead and the need to remember, indicating shifts in critical discussions about the body and about the function of aesthetics in relation to materialized violence and loss.

A Reader s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

7 Postmodernist and postcolonialist theories POSTMODERNISM During the last
twenty years and more , critics and ... others have seen in postmodern art a
radical break with classical modernism , while others again view past literature
and ...

A Reader s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

Unsurpassed as a text for upper-division and beginning graduate students, Raman Selden's classic text is the liveliest, most readable and most reliable guide to contemporary literary theory. Includes applications of theory, cross-referenced to Selden's companion volume, Practicing Theory and Reading Literature.

The Postmodern Bible

surely that they cannot know the past on its own terms but only through their
narrative constructs ( cf . ... In this section we will first discuss the implications of
poststructuralist and postmodern literary theory for reader - response criticism .

The Postmodern Bible

The burgeoning use of modern literary theory and cultural criticism in recent biblical studies has led to stimulating--but often bewildering--new readings of the Bible. This book, argued from a perspective shaped by postmodernism, is at once an accessible guide to and an engagement with various methods, theories, and critical practices transforming biblical scholarship today. Written by a collective of cutting-edge scholars--with each page the work of multiple hands--The Postmodern Bible deliberately breaks with the individualist model of authorship that has traditionally dominated scholarship in the humanities and is itself an illustration of the postmodern transformation of biblical studies for which it argues. The book introduces, illustrates, and critiques seven prominent strategies of reading. Several of these interpretive strategies--rhetorical criticism, structuralism and narratology, reader-response criticism, and feminist criticism--have been instrumental in the transformation of biblical studies up to now. Many--feminist and womanist criticism, ideological criticism, poststructuralism, and psychoanalytic criticism--hold promise for the continued transformation of these studies in the future. Focusing on readings from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, this volume illuminates the current multidisciplinary debates emerging from postmodernism by exposing the still highly contested epistemological, political, and ethical positions in the field of biblical studies.

Beyond Postmodernism

Reassessments in Literature, Theory, and Culture Klaus Stierstorfer ... Rather ,
they stay away from typical ' postmodern ' ventures , using quite a number of the
themes and narrative devices that were established in the last four centuries for ...

Beyond Postmodernism

After the veritable hype concerning postmodernism in the 1980s and early 1990s, when questions about when it began, what it means and which texts it comprises were apt to trigger heated discussions, the excitement has notably cooled down at the turn of the century. Voices are now beginning to be heard which seem to suggest a new episteme in the making which points beyond postmodernism, while it remains at the same time very uncertain whether what appears as newness is not rather a return to traditional concepts, theoretical premises, and authorial practices. Contributors to this volume propose to explore new openings and recent developments in anglophone literatures and cultural theories which engage with issues seen to be central in the construction of a postmodern paradigm, but deal with them in ways that promise new openings or a new Zeitgeist.

Counternarratives

At one level we are introduced to a sample of " little ( postmodern ) narratives of
border youth , " as framed against official ... Third , postmodernism as theory
makes available elements of an oppositional discourse for understanding and ...

Counternarratives

To understand contemporary times, we must appreciate the extent to which our lives are affected by the cultural and political struggle between "official" narratives and the counternarratives which emerge as oppositional responses. Counternarratives develops a concept of "postmodern counternarratives" as a frame for exploring the politics of media, technology and education within everyday struggles for human identities and loyalties. The authors identify two forms of counternarratives. One functions as a critique of the modernist propensity for grand narratives. The second concept, which is the focus of the book, builds on the first; the idea of "little stories" addressing cultural and political opposition to the "official" narratives used to manipulate public consciousness. Each marks an important point of contestation within contemporary education and culture: curriculum, pedagogy, literacy, media representations and applications of new technologies.

Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction

A Response to Barbara Olsen'. Narrative 14.3 (2006): 347–8. Currie, Mark.
Postmodern Narrative Theory. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998. ——. About Time:
Narrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University
Press, ...

Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction

Afterlife and Narrative explores why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. The book mines a rich vein of imagined afterlives, from the temporal experiments of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow to narration from heaven in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones .

Adaptation Theory and Criticism

Postmodern Literature and Cinema in the USA Gordon E. Slethaug. giving rise to
indeterminacy of interpretation of the film and anterior story but with serious
ethnocritic purposes in exposing and commenting on ethnicity and race in
America.

Adaptation Theory and Criticism

Traditional critics of film adaptation generally assumed a) that the written text is better than the film adaptation because the plot is more intricate and the language richer when pictorial images do not intrude; b) that films are better when particularly faithful to the original; c) that authors do not make good script writers and should not sully their imagination by writing film scripts; d) and often that American films lack the complexity of authored texts because they are sourced out of Hollywood. The 'faithfulness' view has by and large disappeared, and intertextuality is now a generally received notion, but the field still lacks studies with a postmodern methodology and lens.Exploring Hollywood feature films as well as small studio productions, Adaptation Theory and Criticism explores the intertextuality of a dozen films through a series of case studies introduced through discussions of postmodern methodology and practice. Providing the reader with informative background on theories of film adaptation as well as carefully articulated postmodern methodology and issues, Gordon Slethaug includes several case studies of major Hollywood productions and small studio films, some of which have been discussed before (Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York, and Do the Right Thing) and some that have received lesser consideration (Six Degrees of Separation, Smoke, Smoke Signals, Broken Flowers, and various Snow White narratives including Enchanted, Mirror Mirror, and Snow White and the Huntsman). Useful for both film and literary studies students, Adaptation Theory and Criticism cogently combines the existing scholarship and uses previous theories to engage readers to think about the current state of American literature and film.