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A superb book made inaccessible by the publisher,
This review is from: Towards a 'Natural' Narratology (Hardcover)
Fludernik's book is the most important contribution to narratology of the past decade, but Routledge UK has published it only in hardback and at a price that makes even libraries hesitate to buy it.
It considers a much wider historical range of narratives than usual --from jokes and saints' lives to postmodern fictions. It critiques the centrality of plot in most theories of narrative, replacing it with what she calls, drawing on cognitive science, the frame of "experiencing" (it is the quality of having been experienced by someone that is crucial for narrative). And she is very skillful in distinghishing between violations of narrative conventions or expectations that readers have trouble processing and those that they easily assimilate.
This is a powerful theoretical work with lots of concrete analyses. It should be available for course adoption in an inexpensive paperback.