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Preface to the Second Edition by Robert Scholes Preface by James Phelan 1: The Narrative Tradition 2: The Oral Heritage of Written Narrative 3: The Classical Heritage of Modern Narrative 4: Meaning in Narrative 5: Character in Narrative 6: Plot in Narrative 7: Point of View in Narrative 8: Narrative Theory, 1966-2006: A Narrative Works Cited Appendix Notes Index

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Robert Scholes is Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Professor Emeritus of English, Comparative Literature, and MCM, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brown University. The author of many works of literary theory and pedagogy, he was President of the Modern Language Association in 2004. The late Robert Kellogg was a professor of English from 1957 until 1967, chairman of the English department from 1974 to 1978, and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 1978 to 1985 at the University of Virginia. He was the first principal of Brown College at Monroe Hill from 1985 to 1999. James Phelan is an internationally recognized expert in narrative theory. He is Humanities Distinguished Professor in the department of English at Ohio State University. He is the editor of the journal Narrative, and author of five books of narrative theory, including Living to Tell About It, and the forthcoming Experiencing Fiction.


Praise for the previous edition of The Nature of Narrative "A pioneer venture into one of the richest areas in literature, this volume is worthy of comparison with the classic studies of Harry Levin and Ren'Wellek."--Modern Language Journal "Attempts to put the novel in its place, to see it as only one of a number of narrative possibilities. The authors survey all kinds of narrative forms, written and unwritten from almost all literatures, with learning and insight. Also the traditional subjects of the theory of the novel, character, type, realism, etc., are illuminated from this wider international perspective."-Rene Wellek, Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University

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