Narrative Exchanges by Ian Reid

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December 1992, no. 147
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Narrative Exchanges by Ian Reid

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Narrative Exchanges by Ian Reid

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December 1992, no. 147

Ian Reid’s Narrative Exchanges argues against older formalist and structuralist approaches to narratology, from Propp to Todorov. They reduced the play of narrative by insisting that texts possess an underlying fundamental ground, a ‘basic unity’ that is the ‘primary constituent of narrative’. Structuralism treats texts as self-contained semiotic systems, emphasising consistency, linearity, interlinked sequences, completion. Structuralists exhibit a ‘compulsion’ to order and classify texts in rigid, invariable, almost algebraic ways.

John Docker reviews 'Narrative Exchanges' by Ian Reid

Narrative Exchanges

by Ian Reid

Routledge, $49.95 hb, 276 pp

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