Tag Archives: Narratology

Hermeneutical Symmetries

I have been following the postings of José Angel García Landa at the Humanities Commons Narrative Theory and Narratology site. One posting brought me to rethink again the status of the relation between narration and description: https://narrativetheoryandnarratology.hcommons.org/2020/09/15/narrative-theory-wayback-machine/ To the temporal … Continue reading

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From a meditation on the 4 Principles of RCAP*

Story Hunter Stories lie in mirrors. Stories slip in film strips and along slide rulers. Stories twist and recombine like the strands of helix. Each story is open and blind. Each story offers a façade onto the unknown. With instruments … Continue reading

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Narration-Direction-Memory

Will Self: Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories? This is the part of brain concerned with way-finding, but it’s also strongly implicated in memory formation; neuroscientists are now discovering that at the cognitive level all three abilities … Continue reading

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Tracing Sequences

I know I had not read Steve McCaffrey and/or bp Nichol before I worked on “Sorting and Storing”. The whole chapter is devoted to the premise that “Narrative occurs where there is the reproduction of a sequence.” [T]he human self … Continue reading

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Catch Up Determinism

The narrator in Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko muses on the nature of grand narrative: No matter what you or anyone else did, Marx said, history would catch up with you; it was inevitable, it was relentless. … Continue reading

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Retracing Sequence and Series

From “Cartouches” the 11 December 1977 entry (p. 215) in Derrida’s The Truth in Painting translated by Geoff Bennington and Ian McLeod. Retrace one’s steps, always, again, narrative/series [récit/série]. I am grateful to the translators for recording the assonance that … Continue reading

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Mock Interview About the Narrative Impulse

[Anthony?] Storr drawing on Winnicott writes: Transitional objects gradually loose their emotional charge as the child grows older. Often such objects become linked with a variety of other objects and are used in play. Children easily transmute a broomstick into … Continue reading

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The Made and the Making

Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace by Janet H. Murray examines ways of world making and at its heart is a tension between two modes: There will always be a trade-off between a world that is … Continue reading

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Temporal and Spatial Qualities of the Novel

In honour of Tara Collington, friend from graduate school days, and author of Lectures chronotopiques: Espace, temps et genres romanesques There is an old riff I’ve always imagined to have been invented by some graduate student […] struggling through Kant’s … Continue reading

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The One, the Set and the Historical

I’ve visited Richard Boston in the foreward to The Guardian Country Diary Drawings by Clifford Harper (2003, Agraphia Press) and focused on the acquiring a “narrative quality”. Here is the passage given more fully The Country Diary drawings are intended … Continue reading

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