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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (1): 155–179.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of the “Narcissus,” according to narratologists the earliest example of extensive we-narration to which postcolonial authors respond, dramatize the inherent multiplicity of the self rather than writing into being an opposition between a colonial “we” and a colonized “other.” Early postcolonial we-narratives...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (4): 711–749.
Published: 01 December 2000
..., among other data bound up with it, into an infer- ence about the narrator, flexibly (even reversibly) responding to whatever textual givens and pressures we encounter as we read.2 But the misconception of (un)reliability as part of a stereotypical identikit has, alas, lately gained fresh currency...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (1): 131–158.
Published: 01 February 2018
... in chronological order or narrated achronologically. We readily accept Cohn’s hypothesis that a radically dechronologized order is typical of memory narratives and monologues but question her claim that autobiographical narratives and monologues follow a chronological order. Our own studies of narrative order have...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (3): 591–618.
Published: 01 September 2000
... that narrates the actions or experiences of individuals. We have defined CN according to plurality in the narrated system (topic entity) only, but a group or collectivity may occupy the textually encoded sender and/or receiver positions as well, yielding eight possible singular-plural combinations. When...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (2): 418–423.
Published: 01 June 2022
... demonstrates how processes of inclusion and exclusion work in we-narration. More postcolonial we-writing could have profitably been discussed (see Richardson 2011 ; Fludernik 2012 ). Owing to her choice of examples (the book only discusses a fraction of we-narratives that have been collected by Richardson...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (4): 573–606.
Published: 01 December 2007
... equipped with the means and determination to write the novel we have just read, metamorphoses into Proust-the-author: he is Proust's deliberate choice for his own autobiography. Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2008 This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (4): 697–727.
Published: 01 December 2022
... not have access to the anti-intuitive workings of reverse causality, we can thematize this oscillation on a performative level as the interplay between the narrator's and narratee's perspectives, which are looked at collectively as the two foci of narrative consciousness. Finally, and while leaving...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (3): 281–326.
Published: 01 September 2013
... — that we generalized above. In her study of the manuscript of The Castle, Dorrit Cohn shows how, without making any other substantial changes, Kafka replaces the narrator’s reference to his experiencing self (K.) through first-person pronouns with reference to him, through third-person pronouns...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (2): 415–418.
Published: 01 June 2022
... exploration of character empathy; Astrid Bracke and Erin James demonstrate the applicability of the “principle of minimal departure” and narrative structures such as the “we-narrator,” respectively, for the narrative understanding of material environments and their narrative representations. In addition...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (2): 387–414.
Published: 01 June 2022
... of narrative agency refers to our ability to navigate our narrative environments: to use, (re)interpret, and engage with narratives that are culturally available to us, to analyze and challenge them, and to practice agential choice over which narratives we use and how we narrate our lives, relationships...
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Poetics Today (2014) 35 (4): 689–730.
Published: 01 December 2014
...; Marcus 2008; Fludernik 2011b. Examples of “we” texts are William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” (1950 [1930 John Barth’s Sabbatical (1982), and postcolonial narratives like Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying (1995) and Ayi Kwei Armah’s Two Thousand Seasons (1973). Besides “wenarration there is also...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2022
...: 17n1). 12. Our reading of The Fall and our taxonomy in general accord with the spirit of Amit Marcus's ( 2006 ) account of unreliability as dynamic, rather than static, but we situate the dynamism not only in the relationships between readers and narrators and between readers and themselves...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (4): 721–785.
Published: 01 December 2010
... of the narrator and of the author?8 How are these relations constructed by different agents9 in different discourse types and situations? disposers have the difficult task of making out what they are looking at . . . as in the Joke” (ibid.: 97). 7. “We can see each new word as a poem in little [and] each...
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Poetics Today (2015) 36 (4): 327–498.
Published: 01 December 2015
... Bruno 2001 “Historicizing Unreliable Narration: Unreliability and Cultural Discourse in Narrative Fiction,” Style 35 ( 1 ): 151 – 78 . Zunshine Lisa 2006 Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel ( Columbus : Ohio State University Press ). 2012 Getting Inside...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (4): 679–720.
Published: 01 December 2010
... as to what extent diegesis depends on narrating, and we will consider definitions proposed by different scholars. The first part of the article will thus give an overview of current concepts of diegesis and their conceptual difficulties. The second part of this article, however, endeavors...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (2): 237–255.
Published: 01 June 2009
... remain impersonal, however. In Tom Jones, for instance, Henry Fielding’s (1931 [1749]: 5) third-person narrator, who duly positions himself outside the fictional world, constantly addresses the reader in the first person, as in the following typical instance: “Reader, I think proper, before we...
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Poetics Today (2015) 36 (3): 175–200.
Published: 01 September 2015
... observed (Chvatík 1989: 34; 1994: 100 – 101). These questions are posed and answered by the narrator, who, as we will see, does not always tell us everything. His style of questions and answers differs from the ironic use of the question-and-answer form in James Joyce’s Ulysses (1986).1 In Kundera’s...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (1): 27–57.
Published: 01 March 2012
... responses). 30 Poetics Today 33:1 narrator or a character in a fictional world, whenever we look at an image alongside an account of it produced by some mind other than our own, typically we become aware that that mind’s response to the image differs from our own response. In the same passage...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (1): 91–135.
Published: 01 March 2004
... much our comprehension of the novel— or, to borrow another term from Booth (1983 [1961]: 70–77), how much its ‘‘implied authordepends on the type of relationship we posit between Proust and his narrator, just as our degree of willingness to equate Ralph Ellison with his Invisible Man, Benjamin...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (4): 579–603.
Published: 01 December 2016
..., the temporal structure of narration, in addition to those suggested by Genette. One might organize the temporal sequence of narration not by following a single line of events but in terms of the recur- rence of certain important motifs or themes. We thus have to ask, What are the implicit presuppositions...