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Open Access Towards a Historiographic Narratology: Résumé

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Twenty years ago, in her study entitled “Signposts of Fictionality,” Dorrit Cohn proposed “some rudiments for a historiographic narratology” (1990, 777). She did so in reaction to narrative approaches that ignored to an astonishing degree the question of demarcation between fiction and nonfiction. Ever since Hayden White defined history as a “verbal structure in the form of a narrative prose discourse” (White 1973, ix), literary scholars and historiographers alike have been analyzing the narrative structure of historiographic texts with the help of conventional narratological tools. However, Cohn, among others, has demonstrated that established narrative categories and conventions such as story/discourse, voice, focalization, and narrator/author (cf. works by Gérard Genette, Franz K. Stanzel, Mieke Bal) do not apply to nonfiction in the same way as to fiction.
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Publication date: January 1, 2011

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