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Author Dannenberg, Hilary P.

Title Coincidence and counterfactuality : plotting time and space in narrative fiction / Hilary P. Dannenberg.

Publication Info. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2008]


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Description 1 online resource (xii, 289 pages) : illustrations.
Series Frontiers of narrative
Frontiers of narrative.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-282) and index.
Contents Theorizing time and space in narrative fiction -- Cognitive plotting : crossing narrative boundaries and connecting worlds -- Ontological plotting : narrative as a multiplicity of temporal dimensions -- Spatial plotting : paths, links, and portals -- Theorizing coincidence and counterfactuality -- The coincidence plot -- Counterfactuals and other alternate narrative worlds -- Coincidence and counterfactuality in the history of narrative fiction -- The metamorphoses of the coincidence plot -- The narrative evolution of counterfactuals.
Note Print version record.
Summary "In Coincidence and Counterfactuality, a groundbreaking analysis of plot, Hilary P. Dannenberg sets out to answer the perennial question of how to tell a good story. While plot is among the most integral aspects of storytelling, it is perhaps the least studied aspect of narrative. Using plot theory to chart the development of narrative fiction from the Renaissance to the present, Dannenberg demonstrates how the novel has evolved over time and how writers have developed increasingly complex narrative strategies that tap into key cognitive parameters familiar to the reader from real-life experience." "Dannenberg proposes a new, multidimensional theory for analyzing time and space in narrative fiction, then uses this theory to trace the historical evolution of narrative fiction by focusing on coincidence and counterfactuality. These two plot strategies are constructed around pivotal moments when characters' life trajectories, or sometimes the paths of history, converge or diverge."--Jacket.
Subject Space and time in literature.
Coincidence in literature.
Fiction -- Technique.
Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Literary.
Coincidence in literature. (OCoLC)fst00866647
Fantasy fiction, English. (OCoLC)fst00920756
Fiction -- Technique. (OCoLC)fst00923755
Space and time in literature. (OCoLC)fst01127645
Zeit -- Literatur.
Raum -- Literatur.
Literatur -- Raum.
Literatur -- Zeit.
Raum : Zeit.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Dannenberg, Hilary P. Coincidence and counterfactuality. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2008 9780803210936 0803210930 (DLC) 2008001129 (OCoLC)181143564
Standard No. 9786611733995
ISBN 9780803217614 (electronic bk.)
0803217617 (electronic bk.)
Sudoc No. U5002 T025 .0002 -2008 nbdocs
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