Title Narratology, 4/e
Subtitle Introduction to the Theory of Narrative
Author Mieke Bal
ISBN 9781442628342
List price USD 27.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 206
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
Published in India by University of Toronto Press
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“The book is an excellent introduction to narratology. It is clearly and concisely written, and it explains the categories of narratology in a straightforward fashion.”

Lawrence R. Schehr, SubStance

“The clarity of the exposition and the open, unobtrusive acknowledgment of sources in the text will encourage students to read important related works of theory with the benefit of an already established and solidly constructed frame of reference.”

Joan Dargan, Nineteenth-Century French Studies

Narratology is a rich, highly instructive and eminently readable text.”

Uri Margolin, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature


Since its first publication in English in 1985, Mieke Bal’s Narratology has become an international classic and the comprehensive introduction to the theory of narrative texts, both literary and non-literary. Providing insights into how readers interpret narrative text, the fourth edition of Narratology is a guide for students and scholars seeking to analyze narratives of any language, period, and region with clear, systematic and reliable concepts.

With the addition of in-depth analysis of literary nuances and methods, award-wining cultural theorist Mieke Bal continues to present narrative concepts with clarity. Bal uses a systematic framework to better explain how narratives function, are formed, and eventually interpreted by the reader, while presenting a comprehensive study of the surface perception of language, the perceived narrative world, point of view, and characterization.


Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Fourth Edition


Chapter 1. Text: Signs • Preliminary Remarks • The Narrator • Non-Narrative Comments • Description • Levels of Narration

Chapter 2. Story: Aspects • Preliminary Remarks • Temporality • Sequential Ordering • Rhythm • Frequency • Character • Space • Focalization

Chapter 3. Fabula: Elements • Preliminary Remarks • Events • Actors • Time • Location


Index of Names and Titles

Index of Concepts

About the Author:

Mieke Bal is an award-wining cultural theorist, critic, video artist, curator and Professor Emeritus in Literary Theory at the University of Amsterdam.

Target Audience:

People interested in Literary Studies and Communication Cultural Studies.


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