Reconsidering the unreliable narrator

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Resumé

The concept of the unreliable narrator is among the most discussed in current narratology. From being considered a text-internal matter between the personified narrator and the implied author by Booth, or the implied reader by Chatman, cognitive and constructivist narrative theorists like A. Nünning have described it as a reader-dependent issue. The detection of a narrator's unreliability is an act of ‘naturalization,' he claims, with reference to Culler.

This article concentrates on this long and ongoing debate and considers the different approaches critically with special attention to the position of A. Nünning. In the final section, a four-category taxonomy for the different textual strategies that establishes unreliable narration is suggested. The headlines for the taxonomy are intranarrational unreliability, internarrational unreliability, intertextual unreliability, and extratextual unreliability.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSemiotica
Vol/bind165
Udgave nummer1/4
Sider (fra-til)227-246
ISSN0037-1998
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2007

Fingeraftryk

taxonomy
naturalization
narration
narrative
Taxonomy
Unreliable Narrator
Narrator
Constructivist
Headlines
Implied Reader
Naturalization
Implied Author
Theorists
Intertextual
Narratology
Narration
Reader

Bibliografisk note

Paper id:: DOI 10.1515/SEM.2007.041

Emneord

  • upålidelig fortæller
  • narration
  • narratologi

Citer dette

Hansen, Per Krogh. / Reconsidering the unreliable narrator. I: Semiotica. 2007 ; Bind 165, Nr. 1/4. s. 227-246.
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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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