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Critical Ethical Narratology as an Emerging Vector in the Study of Literary Narrative

Nora Berning

Pages 103 - 115

Previous research on ethical narratology has proven insufficient for a holistic, intersubjectively verifiable analysis of a narrative’s story ethics, i.e. a work’s constructive values. In this essay, I argue that an alliance between classical, structuralist narratology and postclassical narrative theory can lead to new and productive lines of research regarding the multi-level ethical dimension of narrative. By incorporating narratological categories that emerged out of both classical narratology (narrative situation, narrative time) and postclassical narrative theory (character-spaces, narrative bodies) into an integrative analytical framework – Critical Ethical Narratology (CEN) –, it becomes possible to analyze the ways in which individual narratives function as vehicles for the dissemination of ethical values and worldviews. CEN is an emerging vector in the study of literary narrative, because it unites not only classical and postclassical narrative theory but also ethical and transmedial narratology.


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