Tools for Analyzing Prose Fiction

Narratology is a type of formalist criticism that explains and analyzes the structures, modes, and techniques of narrative. See Abrams, "Narrative and Narratology" (123-25), "Plot" (159-63), "Point of View" (165-69).

Narrative: story comprising characters, their dialogue and actions, and the events in which they participate.

Point of View: the way a story is told; the perspectives which are presented to the reader

Varieties of Authorial Voice:

Barbara F. McManus
Readings and Assignments
October 1998