DOI link for Narrative language
Narrative language book
This chapter distinguishes narrative as a non-literary or literary unit, a closed form, from narrative mode as the predominant mode of presentation in narratives as well as in the non-formal inner and outer streams of story telling. It also points out that there are also non-narrative modes in our mental lives. The chapter looks at two studies primarily concerned with narrative and narrative language: David Lodge's 'Language of Fiction' and 'The Novelist at the Crossroads'. Textural approach is a special discipline within the wider structural investigation, focusing as it does on the work's surface text, while 'structural' is meant to comprise all aspects, textural and non-textural: the presentational process with its spatio-temporal narrative situation, acts of narrating, narrator personality, narrator-reader relationship, the novel's space-time world, its events and human acts, its personae and the inferences which all these suggest.