Monika Fludernik

  • Prof. dr. Monika Fludernik
  • Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany

Collectives in Narrative and the Factual-Fictional Border

4/16/2015 09:30:00 AM, Refter

We narratives have recently become a much discussed issue in narratology. They are also very interesting because they are much more numerous in factual narration than in novels and short stories. The paper will discuss the relevance of collective action and mentality in narrative and tease out some insights regarding to the handling of these issues in the framework of a distinction between factual and fictional narratives. In particular, it will focus on how fictional we narratives engage with a range of techniques from very verisimilar models echoing factual we narratives to quite impossible or unnatural types of storytelling. It will also consider the question of how collectives in realist narratives tend to get concealed by a variety of discourse strategies and why that is the case.

Monika Fludernik is a chaired Professor at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and an internationally renowned scholar of narratology. Her studies of narrative are remarkable both for their historical inclusiveness – from medieval saints’ lives to post-modern experimental fiction – and for their theoretical audacity. The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction: The Linguistic Representation of Speech and Consciousness was followed by her monumental Towards a ‘Natural’ Narratology, winner of the Perkins Prize of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature , and an important textbook, Introduction to Narratology. She has edited books on post-classical narratology, post-colonial literature, and law and prisons, notably In the Grip of the Law: Prisons, Trials and the Space Between.  She has (co-)edited several special issues of journals (on second-person fiction, Style 1994; on metaphor, Poetics Today 1999; on voice, New Literary History  2001; on German narratology, Style 2004). She has also edited a number of collections of essays: Beyond Cognitive Metaphor Theory: Perspectives on Literary Metaphor (2011); Postclassical Narratology: New Essays (with Jan Alber);Diaspora and Multiculturalism (2003); Hybridity and Postcolonialism (1998). Her essays have appeared, among others, in AngliaArialDiacriticsEnglish Literary HistoryEnglish StudiesNarrativeNew Literary HistoryPoeticaSemioticaStyleTextual Practice.

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ENN4 is organised under the auspices of Narratology@UGent, the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, and the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University. We acknowledge the financial support of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO-Vlaanderen) and of the Doctoral School Arts, Humanities and Law (Ghent University).