Narrative Events

Narrative Events Tilmann Köppe What is a narrative event? A narrative event is an event that is reported by means of a narrative. Although this answer is too simple not to be true, it is not the whole story. As is often noted in narratology and elsewhere, by making an event part of the content of a narrative, one "transforms" the event in a specific manner.1 However, talk of "transformation" is imprecise here, and the purpose of this essay is to be more specific about what happens when an event becomes part of a narrative. I'll argue that by producing an intelligible narrative, speakers are subject to a specific norm that delimits the range of descriptions under which the events covered by the narrative may be identified. I'll start by introducing the notions of "event" and "narrative" that I'll be working with. Next, I will introduce and discuss the notion of a narrative event. Finally, I'll discuss some consequences of my proposal and point to the need for further research. A brief caveat before I start: There is a growing body of research in narratology about events as part of narratives.2 These studies are mostly concerned with shaping conceptual tools http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png StoryWorlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies University of Nebraska Press

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Tilmann Köppe What is a narrative event? A narrative event is an event that is reported by means of a narrative. Although this answer is too simple not to be true, it is not the whole story. As is often noted in narratology and elsewhere, by making an event part of the content of a narrative, one "transforms" the event in a specific manner.1 However, talk of "transformation" is imprecise here, and the purpose of this essay is to be more specific about what happens when an event becomes part of a narrative. I'll argue that by producing an intelligible narrative, speakers are subject to a specific norm that delimits the range of descriptions under which the events covered by the narrative may be identified. I'll start by introducing the notions of "event" and "narrative" that I'll be working with. Next, I will introduce and discuss the notion of a narrative event. Finally, I'll discuss some consequences of my proposal and point to the need for further research. A brief caveat before I start: There is a growing body of research in narratology about events as part of narratives.2 These studies are mostly concerned with shaping conceptual tools

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StoryWorlds: A Journal of Narrative StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Apr 25, 2014

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