COURSE DESCRIPTION

Narratology


Programme:

Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Module:
Literature in Context

Course code: 73

Year: undefined


Course principal:
Assist. Prof. Alenka Koron, Ph.D.

ECTS: 6

Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: Slovenian

Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar

Objectives and competences

Students become acquainted with a brief history of narratology from Antiquity until the present and understand the specifics of the narratological approach compared to contextual ones. They are introduced to the broader and narrower concept of narrative and its role in the constitution of the self. They are familiarized with the concept of the narrative turn and understand its role in modern social sciences and the humanities. They are acquainted with the analytical-descriptive approach to narration and various narrative techniques, and learn to use basic instruments for analyzing verbal narratives.

 

Prerequisites

None.

 

Content (syllabus outline)

This course presents the history of narratology from Antiquity until the modern postclassical phase, and the relationship between narratological and contextual narrative research. According to the modern conception, narratives are not only literary phenomenon, but also broader media and cultural phenomenon, whose epistemological structure helps give meaning to the self and the world, which is why narratology or the theory of narrative can also be viewed as an attempt to elucidate and strengthen narrative competence. From this perspective, the concept of the narrative turn, which has recently taken hold in the humanities and social sciences, is explained. The main part of the lectures is dedicated to the analytical-descriptive method of studying narrative (the elements of narrative structure and narrative techniques), with the main focus on verbal narratives.

 

Reading list

  • Alber, Jan, and Monika Fludernik. Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analysis. Columbus: Ohio State University, 2010.
  • Fludernik, Monika. An Introduction to Narratology. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Herman, David, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan, eds. Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. London: Routledge, 2005.
  • Herman, David, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Narrative. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Kindt, Tom, and Hans-Harald Müller, eds. What is Narratology? Questions and Answers Regarding the Status of a Theory. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2003.
  • Koron, Alenka. Sodobne teorije pripovedi. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2014.
  • Koron, Alenka. Pripovedni prostor v Idini kocki Suzane Tratnik. Prostori slovenske književnosti. Ed. Marko Juvan. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2016. 299–311.
  • Phelan, James. Living to Tell about It: A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005.
  • Phelan, James, and Peter J. Rabinowicz, eds. A Companion to Narrative Theory. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Zupan Sosič, Alojzija. Postklasična teorija pripovedi. Slavistična revija 61.3 (2013). 495–506.

 

Assessment

  • Active participation in lectures and seminars.
  • Students must write a term paper in order to take the exam.
  • Students then take an oral exam on all of the material covered in the course.

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