Discursive Modes

Approaches to Narrative
Notes Towards a Bibliography
(revised 25 May 2001)

Narratology   |   Cognitive Approaches   |  Neurology


Bal, Mieke. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Barthes, Roland.  "Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives" in Image-Music-Text, reprinted in A Barthes Reader ed. Susan Sontag. Hill & Wang, 1982. 251-295.

Chatman, Seymour.  Coming to Terms: The Rhetoric of Narrative in Fiction and Film. Ithaca, NY: Cornell, 1990.

Chatman, Seymour.  Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. Ithaca, NY: Cornell, 1981.

Cohn, Dorrit. The Distinction of Fiction. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Cohn, Dorrit. Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978.

Duchan, Judith F., Gail A. Bruder, and Lynne E. Hewitt (1995). Deixis in Narrative: A Cognitive Science Perspective. Contents and abstracts.

Fludernick, Monika (ed.). Special Issue: Second Person Narrative. Style 28. 3 (Fall 1994).

Fludernick, Monika (ed.). Bibliographical Issue: Second Person Narrative. Style 28. 4 (Winter 1994). See Schofield below.

Genette, Gerard.  Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method trans. J.E. Lewin (Cornell, 1980).

Herman, David. Textual 'You' and double deixis in Edna O'Brien's A Pagan Place. Style 28 .3 (Fall, 1994): 378 (33 pages). Full text.

Kermode, Frank.  The Genesis of Secrecy: On the Interpretation of Narrative. Boston, MA: Harvard, 1979).

Lule, Jack. Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism. New York: Guilford Press, 2001. The Guilford communication series. Reviewed by Christopher Hanson in Columbia Journalism Review (external).

Martin, Wallace.  Recent Theories of Narrative. Ithaca, NY: Cornell, 1986.

Niles, John D. Homo Narrans: The Poetics and Anthropology of Oral Literature. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Publisher's presentation. Author's site.

Pavel, Thomas G. Narrative Tectonics. Poetics Today 11. 2 (Summer 1990): 349-64.

Pavel, Thomas G. Some Remarks on Narrative Grammars. Linguistic Perspectives on Literature. London, 1980. 187-212.

Pavel, Thomas G. Formalism in Narrative Semiotics. Poetics Today 9, 3 (1988): 593-606.

Prince, Gerald.  A Dictionary of Narratology. Nebraska, 1987.

Rimon-Kenan, Shlomith.  Narrative Fiction: Contemporary Poetics. London: Methuen, 1983.

Ryan, Marie-Laure. Possible worlds, artificial intelligence, and narrative theory. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.

Shank, Robert G.  Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Intelligence. Northwestern, 1995.

Schofield, Dennis. A Bibliography of Second-Person Fiction and Related Critical Theory. Full text (external).

White, Hayden.  The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (Johns Hopkins, 1987).


Brunvand, Jan Harold  (1999). Too Good To Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends. Review (external).

Cognitive Approaches to Narrative

Banfield, Ann (1982), Unspeakable Sentences: Narration and Representation in the Language of Fiction. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Bruner, Jerome S. (1986), Actual Minds, Possible Worlds, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Duchan, Judith F., Gail A. Bruder, and Lynne E. Hewitt (1995). Deixis in Narrative: A Cognitive Science Perspective. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 522 pp. Contents and abstracts.Reviewed by Arthur Graesser and Cheryl Bowers in Minds and Machines (1996) (external).

Graesser, Arthur C., Murray Singer, and Tom Trabasso (1994). Constructing Inferences During Narrative Text Comprehension. Psychological Review 101, pp. 371-395.

Kreuz, Roger J., & MacNealy, Mary Sue (eds.) (1996), Three Obstacles in Empirical Research on Aesthetic and Literary Comprehension, Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Schank, Roger C. (1990), Tell Me a Story: A New Look at Real and Artificial Memory, New York: Praeger.

Schank, Roger C., & Riesbeck, Christopher K. (1981), Inside Computer Understanding: Five Programs Plus Miniatures, Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Winner, Ellen (1982). Invented Worlds: The Psychology of the Arts. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Neuroscience Approaches to Narrative

Denes, Gianfranco, Shirin Sarkari, Arlene A. Tan, Dennis L. Molfese, and Francesca Happe.
Language and communication in developmental disorders. Handbook of Neurolinguistics. Ed. Brigitte Stemmer, Harry A. Whitaker, et al. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1998 (pp. 507-534).

DSM-IV's definition of autism

Fletcher, P. C., F. Happe, F. Frith, U. Baker, S. C. et al. Other minds in the brain: A functional imaging study of "theory of mind" in story comprehension. Cognition 57. 2 (Nov 1995), 109-128. Abstract.

Goel, Vinod, Jordan Grafman, Norihiro Sadato, and Mark Hallett. Modeling other minds. Neuroreport 1995 (5 pages). Abstract.

Grafman, Jordan. Similarities and distinctions among current models of prefrontal cortical functions. ANYAS 1995 (31 pages).  Abstract.

Grafman, Jordan et al. Script generation as an indicator of knowledge representation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Brain & Language, 1991 (15 pages). Abstract.

Happe, Francesca G. E. The autobiographical writings of three Asperger syndrome adults: Problems of interpretation and implications for theory. Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Ed. Uta Frith et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991 (pp. 207-242). Abstract.

Happe, Francesca G. Understanding minds and metaphors: Insights from the study of figurative language in autism. Metaphor & Symbol 10. 4 (1995): 275-295. Abstract.

Happe, Francesca G. E. Communicative competence and theory of mind in autism: A test of relevance theory. Cognition 48.2 (Aug 1993): 101-119. Abstract.

Nichelli, Paolo et al. Where the brain appreciates the moral of a story. Neuroreport. 1995 (4 pages).  Abstract.

Partiot, Arnaud et al. Brain activation during the generation of non-emotional and emotional plans. Neuroreport, 1995 (4 pages).   Abstract.

Sirigu, Angela et al. Encoding of sequence and boundaries of scripts following prefrontal lesions. Cortex, 1996 (13 pages). Abstract.

Wheeler, Mark A., Donald T. Stuss, and Endel Tulving (1997). Toward a theory of episodic memory: the frontal lobes and autonoetic consciousness. Psychological Bulletin 121. 3: 331-354.  Abstract.


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