Narrative and Literary Theory

Whether located in consciousness, conversation or wordless action, narrative need not be seen simply as a given modality of sense. As a sphere of life, it requires the boundary construction of gates and fences before it can be read back into normal life. Literary theory operates inside this space, occasionally tracking the intervention of real-life forces as narrative substructure. It’s the business of narrative psychology here to take the other side of the fence, monitoring the flow of fiction back into life. A spatialized theory of meaning, for which every inside has an outside, enables us to talk to those over the fence without losing the distinctive project of our inquiry (Murray, p. 194).

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