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narratology Line breaks: nar¦ra|tol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /narəˈtɒlədʒi/

Definition of narratology in English:


[mass noun]
The branch of knowledge or criticism that deals with the structure and function of narrative and its themes, conventions, and symbols.
Example sentences
  • Structuralist narrative theory and narratology conclude that the subject is therefore but an effect of discourse or the outer limit of the narrative boxes and therefore moot.
  • Much structural analysis, much narratology, ignores or downplays the role of time in narrative in the name of synchronicity.
  • There are more likely to be longer periods of theory reading: literary theory, cultural theory, narratology.


Example sentences
  • What Conrad stages is in fact a narratological coup over the anonymous authority he has set up precisely for this purpose.
  • But there is a second condition necessary for the production of the uncanny in fiction, a condition less psychological than narratological.
  • For Barthes, the third meaning exists in those details of the image that surpass their narratological function, representing ‘a structuration which leaks from inside.’
Example sentences
  • If only the author had given equal hearing to the narratologists from the literary mainstream, this text would have made a wonderful interface between the two approaches.
  • In the post-WWII generation, it has become a term handmade for literary theorists and speculators, narratologists and narrativists, and other neo-narrative onlookers.
  • Long after Narrative Discourse, narratologists continue to be alarmed at the modernist novel's failure to oblige a contract of comprehension.
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