Introductory Texts

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The following is a list of introductory texts on the theory of narrative. Ranging from dictionaries to overviews of the field, these texts are intended to provide you with the basic "go-to" texts of narratology.


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

Booth, Wayne C. The Rhetoric of Fiction. 1961. 2nd ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1983.

Chatman, Seymour Benjamin, 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.

Genette, Gérard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell UP, 1980.

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. <http://www.uni-koeln.de/~ame02/pppn.htm>.

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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