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Concepts of Narrative

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dc.contributor.author Rimmon-Kenan, Slomith fi
dc.contributor.editor Hyvärinen, Matti fi
dc.contributor.editor Korhonen, Anu fi
dc.contributor.editor Mykkänen, Juri fi
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-15T11:55:29Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-15T11:55:29Z
dc.date.issued 2006 fi
dc.identifier.isbn 952-10-3019-4 fi
dc.identifier.issn 1796 -2986 fi
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/25747
dc.description.abstract Transposed to media like film, drama, opera, music, and the visual arts, “narrative” is no longer characterized by either temporality or an act of telling, both required by earlier narratological theories. Transposed to other disciplines, “narrative” is often a substitute for “assumption”, “hypothesis”, a disguised ideological stance, a cognitive scheme, and even life itself. The potential for broadening the concept lay dormant in narratology, both in the double use of “narrative” for the medium-free fabula and for the medium-bound sjuzet, and in changing interpretations of “event”. Some advantages of the broad use of “narrative” are an evocation of commonalities among media and disciplines, an invitation to re-think the term within the originating discipline, a constructivist challenge to positivistic and foundational views, an emphasis on a plurality of competing “truths”, and an empowerment of minority voices. Conversely, disadvantages of the broad use are an illusion of sameness whenever the term is used and the obliteration of specificity. In a Wittgensteinian spirit, the essay agrees that concepts of narrative are mutually related by “family resemblance”, but wishes to probe the resemblances further. It thus postulates two necessary features: double temporality and a transmitting (or mediating) agency, and an additional cluster of variable optional characteristics. When the necessary features are not dominant, the configuration may have “narrative elements” but is not “a narrative”. fi
dc.language.iso EN
dc.publisher Tutkijakollegium fi
dc.publisher Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies en
dc.publisher Forskarkollegiet sv
dc.relation.ispartofseries COLLeGIUM: Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 1: The Travelling Concept of Narrative fi
dc.rights © 2006 author and volume editors fi
dc.title Concepts of Narrative fi
dc.type article in book fi
dc.identifier.laitoskoodi 918

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