Storytelling and Drama

Exploring Narrative Episodes in Plays

| University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'
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How do characters tell stories in plays and for what dramatic purpose? This volume provides the first systematic analysis of narrative episodes in drama from an interactional perspective, applying sociolinguistic theories of narrative and insights from conversation analysis to literary dialogue. The aim of the book is to show how narration can become drama and how analysis of the way a character tells a story can be the key to understanding its role in the unfolding action. The book’s interactional approach, which analyses the way in which the characteristic features of everyday conversational stories are used by dramatists to create literary effects, offers an additional tool for dramatic criticism. The book should be of interest to scholars and students of narrative research, conversation and discourse analysis, stylistics, dramatic discourse and theatre studies.

Winner of 2012 Esse Book Award for Language and Linguistics

[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 8]  2010.  ix, 216 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
1–6
Chapter 1. Narrative and dramatic discourse
7–30
Chapter 2. An interactional approach to storytelling
31–48
Chapter 3. Analysing and classifying stories
49–66
Chapter 4. Tellability: Discourse features and strategies
67–91
Chapter 5. Small stories
93–118
Chapter 6. Remembering and dreaming
119–144
Chapter 7. Challenging stories
145–169
Chapter 8. Being the narrator
171–193
Chapter 9. Conclusions
195–202
Bibliography
203–210
Index
211–216
“Bowles's work provides invaluable insights into dramatic performances. The book is replete with important sources and explanations, and I recommend it to researchers and students of dramatic performances, oral tradition, folklore, and anthropology of verbal art. The book is analytical and intriguing, and Bowles articulates his arguments clearly and cogently. Bowles's model of analyzing performance with attention to the communicative interaction could easily be applied to ethnographic studies of verbal art forms not only in the Western world, but also in non-Western communities, especially in oral societies where oral forms obscure the dialogical complexity of storytelling.”
“Linguistic approaches to talk deserve a more central place in the study of plays, and works such as Bowles’s provide a compelling demonstration of why. A contribution to the stylistics of drama as well as its criticism, Storytelling and Drama is an important and worthy successor to Deirdre Burton’s Dialogue and Discourse (1980) and Vimala Herman’s Dramatic Discourse (1995).”
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Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN015000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009040135