Theory and Interpretation of Narrative
Edited by James Phelan, Peter J. Rabinowitz, and Robyn Warhol



Forthcoming Theory and Interpretation of Narrative Titles:

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Reading Conrad

J. Hillis Miller
Edited by John C. Peters and Jakob Lothe

Expected pub date: November, 2017
340 pp. 6 x 9
$129.95 Hardcover
$34.95 Paper

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Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States

Edited by James J. Donahue, Jennifer Ann Ho, and Shaun Morgan

Expected pub date: October, 2017
268 pp. 6 x 9
$137.95 Hardcover
$29.95 Paper

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Somebody Telling Somebody Else

Toward a Rhetorical Poetics of Narrative

James Phelan

Expected pub date: September, 2017
304 pp. 6 x 9
$89.95 Hardcover
$29.95 Paper

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Media of Serial Narrative

Edited by Frank Kelleter

Expected pub date: May, 2017
306 pp. 6 x 9
$94.95 Hardcover


This series embraces works that examine a wide range of narrative theories and their applications to fictional and nonfictional texts. Inquiries should be directed to Lindsay Martin at The Ohio State University Press.

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Published Titles in Theory and Interpretation of Narrative

2017 Butte Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film
2016 Weissman The Writer in the Well: On Misreading and Rewriting Literature
2016 Marsh The Submerged Plot and the Mother’s Pleasure from Jane Austen to Arundhati Roy
2016 Ryan, Foote, and Azaryahu Narrating Space / Spatializing Narrative: Where Narrative Theory and Geography Meet
2016 Baroni and Revaz, eds. Narrative Sequence in Contemporary Narratology
2015 Richardson Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice
2015 Warhol and Lanser, eds. Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions
2015 Mikkonen Narrative Paths: African Travel in Modern Fiction and Nonfiction
2015 Byram Ethics and the Dynamic Observer Narrator: Reckoning with Past and Present in German Literature
2014 Nash Feminist Narrative Ethics: Tacit Persuasion in Modernist Form
2014 Hawthorn The Reader as Peeping Tom: Nonreciprocal Gazing in Narrative Fiction and Film
2014 Keen Thomas Hardy’s Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy’s Imagination
2013 Dawson The Return of the Omniscient Narrator: Authorship and Authority in Twenty-First Century Fiction
2013 Abbott Real Mysteries: Narrative and the Unknowable
2013 Alber, Nielsen, and Richardson, eds. A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative
2013 Hogan Narrative Discourse: Authors and Narrators in Literature, Film, and Art
2012 Green Literary Identification from Charlotte Brontë to Tsitsi Dangarembga
2012 Breger An Aesthetics of Narrative Performance: Transnational Theater, Literature, and Film in Contemporary Germany
2012 Herman, Phelan and Rabinowitz, Richardson, and Warhol Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates
2012 Lothe, Suleiman, and Phelan, eds. After Testimony: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Holocaust Narrative for the Future
2012 Johnson The Vitality of Allegory: Figural Narrative in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
2011 Levine and Ortiz-Robles, eds. Narrative Middles: Navigating the Nineteenth-Century Novel
2011 Rader Fact, Fiction, and Form: Selected Essays
2011 Berlatsky The Real, the True, and the Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation
2011 Lothe, Sandberg, and Speirs, eds. Franz Kafka: Narration, Rhetoric, and Reading
2010 Alber and Fludernik, eds. Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses
2010 Clark Narrative Structures and the Language of the Self
2010 Palmer Social Minds in the Novel
2010 Young Imagining Minds: The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy
2010 Pelizzon and West Tabloid, Inc.: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives
2010 Toker Towards the Ethics of Form in Fiction: Narratives of Cultural Remission
2010 Lawrence Techniques for Living: Fiction and Theory in the Work of Christine Brooke-Rose
2009 Morgan Narrative Means, Lyric Ends: Temporality in the Nineteenth-Century British Long Poem
2009 Hogan Understanding Nationalism: On Narrative, Cognitive Science, and Identity
2008 Lothe, Hawthorn, and Phelan, eds. Joseph Conrad: Voice, Sequence, History, Genre
2007 Walsh The Rhetoric of Fictionality: Narrative Theory and the Idea of Fiction
2007 Phelan Experiencing Fiction: Judgments, Progressions, and the Rhetorical Theory of Narrative
2006 Richardson Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
2006 Kafalenos Narrative Causalities
2006 Zunshine Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel
2004 Butte I Know That You Know That I Know: Narrating Subjects from Moll Flanders to Marnie
2003 Gomel Bloodscripts: Writing the Violent Subject
2003 Warhol Having a Good Cry: Effeminate Feelings and Pop-Culture Forms
2003 Martinsen Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky's Liars and Narrative Exposure
2002 Richardson, ed. Narrative Dynamics: Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames
2002 Peel Politics, Persuasion, and Pragmatism: A Rhetoric of Feminist Utopian Fiction
2002 Malina Breaking the Frame: Metalepsis and the Construction of the Subject
2002 Langland Telling Tales: Gender and Narrative Form in Victorian Literature and Culture
2002 Brooke-Rose Invisible Author: Last Essays
2001 Young Ordinary Pleasures: Couples, Conversation, and Comedy
1999 Herman, ed. Narratologies: New Perspectives on Narrative Analysis
1998 Rabinowitz Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation
1997 Lehman Matters of Fact: Reading Nonfiction over the Edge
1996 Richter The Progress of Romance: Literary Historiography and the Gothic Novel
1996 Rimmon-Kenan A Glance Beyond Doubt: Narration, Representation, Subjectivity
1996 Phelan Narrative as Rhetoric: Technique, Audiences, Ethics, Ideology
1996 Beaty Misreading Jane Eyre: A Postformalist Paradigm
1994 Tyson Psychological Politics of the American Dream: The Commodification of Subjectivity in Twentieth-Century American Literature
1994 Phelan and Rabinowitz, eds. Understanding Narrative
1993 Mandelker Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel
1989 Phelan Reading People, Reading Plots: Character, Progression, and the Interpretation of Narrative (OSU Press electronic edition)
1989 Warhol Gendered Interventions: Narrative Discourse in the Victorian Novel (OSU Press electronic edition)