Teaching Narrative Theory

  • Editors: David Herman, Brian McHale, James Phelan
  • Pages: vi & 326 pp.
  • Published: 2010
  • ISBN: 9781603290814 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9781603290807 (Cloth)
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“Simply one of the most coherent and engaging academic books I’ve read in a good while.”

—Garrett Stewart, University of Iowa

The last two decades have seen a burst of renewed interest in narrative theory across many academic disciplines as scholars analyze the power of storytelling in print and other media. Teaching Narrative Theory provides a comprehensive resource for instructors who aim to help students identify and understand the distinctive features of narrativity in a text or discourse and make use of the terms and concepts of the field.

This volume in the Options for Teaching series is organized to assist teachers at different levels of instruction and in different disciplinary settings. In twenty-one essays, the contributors discuss narrative theory’s various teaching contexts (e.g., classes on literature, creative writing, and folklore and ethnography); key concepts and terms (e.g., story and plot, time and space, voice, perspective); applications beyond printed texts (e.g., film and digital media); and impact on other areas of theory (e.g., gender and ethnic studies). A glossary provides a guide to the challenging technical terminology characteristic of the field, and the volume as a whole emphasizes the importance of understanding and implementing technical terms in learning narrative theory.

Frederick Luis Aldama
Robert F. Barsky
Beth Boehm
Amy J. Elias
Brian Evenson
David Gorman
Marianne Hirsch
Debra Journet
Emma Kafalenos
Suzanne Keen
Hans Kellner
Jesse Matz
Susan Mooney
James Morrison
Adam Zachary Newton
Jill Walker Rettberg
Scott Rettberg
Brian Richardson
Amy Shuman
Robyn Warhol

Introduction (1)

David Herman, Brian McHale, and James Phelan

Part I: Situations

The Undergraduate Literature Classroom (19)

Suzanne Keen

The Undergraduate Theory Course (33)

Robert F. Barsky

The Graduate Classroom (46)

Susan Mooney

Across the Curriculum: Rhetoric and Composition (61)

Beth Boehm and Debra Journet

Across the Curriculum: Creative Writing (70)

Brian Evenson

Across the Curriculum: Folklore and Ethnography (79)

Amy Shuman

Across the Curriculum: History/Historiography (89)

Hans Kellner

Across the Curriculum: Image-Text Studies (98)

Emma Kafalenos

Part II: Elements

Story, Plot, and Narrative Progression (109)

Brian Richardson

Time, Space, and Narrative Worlds (123)

David Herman

Voice; or, Authors, Narrators, and Audiences (137)

James Phelan

Perspective (151)

Jesse Matz

Character and Characterization (165)

David Gorman

Part III: Genres and Media

Popular Genres (181)

Brian McHale

Film (195)

James Morrison

Visual Culture (208)

Marianne Hirsch

Digital Media (221)

Scott Rettberg and Jill Walker Rettberg

Part IV: Interfaces

Gender (237)

Robyn Warhol

Ethnicity (252)

Frederick Luis Aldama

Ethics (266)

Adam Zachary Newton

Ideology and Critique (281)

Amy J. Elias

Glossary (295)

Notes on Contributors (317)

Index (321)