The construction of space in contemporary narrative: a case study

Doloughan, Fiona (2015). The construction of space in contemporary narrative: a case study. Journal of Narrative Theory, 45(1)


Recent research in narrative studies (e.g. Herman, 2002; Page, 2010) has witnessed a move away from a focus on temporality and causality in relation to the question of the determining characteristics of narrative and has begun to re-examine the potentials of space and place in helping to constitute narrative domains. This move is motivated, at least in part, by a number of factors, including the need to account for the different ‘shape’ of many contemporary narratives which have responded to the affordances of new modes and media of production (e.g. digital narratives) as well as acknowledgement of the role of spatial co-ordinates in helping the reader to relocate to an imagined or possible world and orientate him- or herself within the storyworld (Herman, 2009). Theories of narrative, therefore, can be seen to be responding to, or catching up with, actual trends in contemporary narrative production (see Doloughan, 2011) and to reflect current preoccupations in narrative studies such as an attempt to bring into alignment narrative micro- and macrodesigns (Herman, 2002).

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