This review essay approaches the story-discourse dichotomy through the theory of unconventional narratives. Brian Richardson's Unnatural Narratives, Kent Puckett's Narrative Theory and Guido Mazzoni's Theory of the Novel discuss how the conventional narrative structure beginning-introduction-resolution, and the traditional narrator, are no longer valid in contemporary fiction. Richardson claims that contemporary fiction transgresses the mimetic conventions that, traditionally, have characterized narratives. Puckett revises the main theories in narratology and the way in which they have approached the story-discourse relationship. Finally, Mazzoni's interest lies in the evolution of the novel and its legitimacy as a genre. But the three of them come to the same conclusion: there are infinite ways to tell a story.
Fiction Unbound: The Contemporary Landscape of Narrative Theory
violeta martínez-alcañiz is a PhD candidate at University Autónoma of Madrid. She holds a double degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication from University Carlos III of Madrid and Södertöns University. She received her Master's degree in English Literature and Culture from University Autónoma of Madrid, and is currently studying Law at Spanish Distance University. During the last years, she has been involved in different projects related to intertextuality in literature and cinema. Her current research engages the influence of political, economic, and sociocultural factors in the book-to-film movement. More specific interests focus on adaptation studies and the critical potential of new paradigms as transmediality, elastextity, and other forms of hybridization.
Violeta Martínez-Alcañiz; Fiction Unbound: The Contemporary Landscape of Narrative Theory. Comparative Literature Studies 15 May 2018; 55 (2): 401–405. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/complitstudies.55.2.0401
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