Il s’agit de la traduction par Catherine Porter de l’ouvrage « Le Narrateur, un problème de théorie narrative » de Sylvie Patron publié en 2016 aux éditions Lambert-Lucas.

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“This ground-breaking study situates works that presume that every narrative has a narrator within communicational theories and convincingly argues instead for poetic theories, which maintain that while authors of fiction may create narrators, they are in no way compelled to do so. A major contribution to narrative theory.” —Jonathan Culler, author of Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature

“The Narrator is an expansive, meticulously researched, and brilliantly argued intervention in narrative theory. Powerful and compelling, its conclusions will have to be engaged with by all future students of narration.”—Brian Richardson, author of Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction

The narrator (the answer to the question “who speaks in the text?”) is a commonly used notion in teaching literature and in literary criticism, even though it is the object of an ongoing debate in narrative theory. Do all fictional narratives have a narrator, or only some of them? Can narratives thus be “narratorless”? This question divides communi- cational theories (based on the communication between real or fictional narrator and narratee) and noncommunicational or poetic theories (which aim to rehabilitate the function of the author as the creator of the fictional narrative).

Clarifying the notion of the narrator requires a historical and epistemological approach focused on the opposition between communicational theories of narrative
in general and noncommunicational or poetic theories of the fictional narrative in particular. The Narrator offers an original and critical synthesis of the problem of the narrator in the work of narratologists and other theoreticians of narrative communica- tion from the French, Czech, German, and American traditions and in representations of the noncommunicational theories of fictional narrative. Sylvie Patron provides linguistic and pragmatic tools for interrogating the concept of the narrator based on the idea that fictional narrative has the power to signal, by specific linguistic marks, that the reader must construct a narrator; when these marks are missing, the reader is able to perceive other forms and other narrative effects, specially sought after by certain authors.

  • Titre : The Narrator : a problem of narrative theory
  • Auteur : Sylvie Patron, traduit par Catherine Porter
  • Éditeur : University of Nebraska Press
  • Date de publication : 2023
  • Nombre de pages : 386 p.
  • EAN : 9781496231406
  • Prix : 75$