Introductory Texts

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The following is a list of introductory texts on the theories of narrative. These texts are intended to provide you with the basic overview of the field and are useful introductory texts to narrative, narratology, and narrative theory.

Abbott, H. Porter. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2002.

Chatman, Seymour, and Brian Attebery. Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993.

Cohan, Steven, and Linda M. Shires. Telling Stories: A Theoretical Analysis of Narrative Fiction. New Accents. New York: Routledge, 1988.

García Landa, José Angel, and Susana Onega Jaén. Narratology: An Introduction. London ; New York: Longman, 1996.

Herman, David. Basic Elements of Narrative. Malden, MA, USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

---. The Cambridge Companion to Narrative. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge UP, 2007.

Herman, Luc, and Bart Vervaeck. Handbook of Narrative Analysis. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2005.

Jahn, Manfred. "Narratology: A Guide to the Theory of Narrative". 2005. <>.

Keen, Suzanne. Narrative Form. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Martin, Wallace. Recent Theories of Narrative. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1986.

McQuillan, Martin. The Narrative Reader. London ; New York: Routledge, 2000.

Phelan, James, and Peter J. Rabinowitz. Understanding Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1994.

Prince, Gerald. Narratology: The Form and Functioning of Narrative. Berlin ; New York: Mouton, 1982.

Rabinowitz, Peter J. Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation. Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 1998.

Richardson, Brian. Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2002.

Richter, David H. Narrative/Theory. White Plains, N.Y.: Longman Publishers, 1996.

Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. Narrative Fiction: Contemporary Poetics. New Accents. 2nd ed. London ; New York: Routledge, 2002.

Scholes, Robert E., James Phelan, and Robert L. Kellogg. The Nature of Narrative. 1966. Fortieth anniversary ed. Oxford ; New York: Oxford UP, 2006.

Toolan, Michael J. Narrative: A Critical Linguistic Introduction. 1988. The Interface Series. 2nd ed. London ; New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2001.

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