Qui plume a, guerre a.
Narrative is concerned with process, that is to say, with change in a given state of affairs; or it converts problems and contradictions in human experience into process in order to understand or cope with them. Narrative obtains and holds the interest of its audience by raising questions in their minds about the process it describes and delaying the answers to these questions. When a question is answered in a way that is both unexpected and plausible, we have the effect known since Aristotle as peripeteia or reversal. All this applies to the novel, as to every other form of narrative whatever its medium.
12 September 2012 · Comments