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    Hello!

    What do you think of this topic?

    To what extent is the analysis of historiographic metafiction related to narratology?

    what are some novel that best exemplify this topic?

    #1308

    Hi Ashraf,

    Some historiographic metafiction novels (and authors) are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historiographic_metafiction

    Other examples, would be: (in my view) Don DeLillo’s novel about Lee Harvey Oswald (ie Libra)

    and, Peter Carey’s “Illywhacker”… (an Australian one)

    Re, the Q: ‘To what extent is the analysis of historiographic metafiction related to narratology?’

    (My, current) Answer: In my understanding, it is absolutely related to it… ie An analysis of a historiographic metafiction novel would certainly involve narratology. ie The poetics of how it was written, what the story structures are, and so forth.

    In a way, historiographic metafiction is ‘storytelling on steroids’. Taking history, and rewriting it. Isn’t that what happens to history anyway? (ie “History is written by the victors”… well unless you count postcolonial theory I suppose. As that is meant to re-include the invaded culture/s…)

    I’ve posted a little on Narratology here:

    http://storyality.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/storyality-27-narratology-since-plato-a-brief-lit-review/

    And a great book is Jon Gottschall’s ‘The Storytelling Animal’ 2012

    And also Brian Boyd’s ‘On the Origin of Stories’ (2009) is sensational, in my view.

    eg See: 

    http://storyality.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/storyality-71-consilience-is-coming-read-all-about-it/

    Cheers

    JT

     

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