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Berning, Nora. Towards a Critical Ethical Narratology: Analyzing value construction in literary non-fiction across media. Handbücher und Studien zur Medienkulturwissenschaft. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013. 
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-3-86821-455-0
BibTeX citation key: Berning2013
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Keywords: "Safe Area Goražde", Comics Journalism, Ethics, Narratology, Sacco. Joe, USA
Creators: Berning
Publisher: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (Trier)
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Narratives in general and the postmodern, hybrid genre of literary non-fiction in particular supply the ideas that delineate the important themes of our culture. Vehicles of knowledge, values, and beliefs, works of literary non-fiction formulate philosophical themes, define what we consider to be existential problems, and construct our cultural worldmodels. This study analyzes value construction in literary non-fiction in different types of media: literary non-fiction novel, photo narrative, graphic novel, hypertext. Critical Ethical Narratology (CEN) is an analytical framework specifically designed for shedding light on the worldmaking potential of literary non-fiction. CEN is a valuable tool for researchers who want to keep both the normative function of ways of worldmaking and the conditions of mediality that shape cultural world-construction firmly in view. CEN is able to address not only many of the pressing questions that an ethical or critical analysis alone could not resolve, but it also enables scholars to work independently of a conception of narratology that privileges either form or content.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction and Outline (1)
I.1. The Self- and World-Making Functions of Narrative (1)
I.2. Genre-Specific Structures of Literary Non-Fiction (4)
I.3. The Narrative Fabric of Literary Non-Fiction (5)
I.4. Media-Specific Structures of Literary Non-Fiction (8)
I.5. Desiderata of Research (9)
I.6. Towards a Critical Ethical Narratology (CEN) (10)

II. Theoretical Framework (12)
II.1. Applying Contemporary Genre Theory to Literary Non-Fiction (12)
II.1.1. Hybridization and Medialisation as Catalysts of Generic Development (13)
II.1.2. Literary Non-Fiction’s Overlaps with Fictional and Factual Genres (14)
II.1.3. The Cultural and Historical Antecedents of Literary Non-Fiction (22)
II.2. Emerging Vectors of Narratology (25)
II.2.1. CEN and Cultural Extensions of Classical Narratology (28)
II.2.2. CEN and Ethical Narratology (28)
II.2.3. CEN and Transmedial Narratology (31)
II.3. The Complex Web of Relationships between Literature and Ethics (33)
II.3.1. Literature and Ethics from the Perspective of Ethical Criticism (35)
II.3.2. Literature and Ethics from the Perspective of Rhetorical Narratology (38)
II.4. Core Categories of Value Construction in Literary Non-Fiction (41)

III. Methodological Framework (47)
III.1. The Textual Corpus (47)
III.1.1. Alexandra Fuller’s Scribbling the Cat (2004) (48)
III.1.2. The 2011 World Press Photo Narratives (50)
III.1.3. Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde (2000) (52)
III.1.4. Mark Bowden’s Blackhawk Down (1997) (53)
III.2. The Method of Analysis (55)
III.2.1. Narrative Situation (57)
III.2.2. Narrative Time (59)
III.2.3. Character-spaces (61)
III.2.4. Narrative Bodies (62)

IV. Value Construction in Fuller’s Scribbling the Cat (2004) (63)
IV.1. Narrative Situation (64)
IV.2. Narrative Time (72)
IV.3. Character-spaces (75)
IV.4. Narrative Bodies (78)

V. Value Construction in the 2011 World Press Photo Narratives (82)
V.1. Narrative Situation (84)
V.2. Narrative Time (90)
V.3. Character-spaces (94)
V.4. Narrative Bodies (97)

VI. Value Construction in Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde (2000) (103)
VI.1. Narrative Situation (106)
VI.2. Narrative Time (111)
VI.3. Character-spaces (114)
VI.4. Narrative Bodies (115)

VII. Value Construction in Bowden’s Blackhawk Down (1997) (118)
VII.1. Narrative Situation (121)
VII.2. Narrative Time (123)
VII.3. Character-spaces (126)
VII.4. Narrative Bodies (128)

VIII. Conclusion and Outlook (131)
VIII.1. A Summary of the Findings (131)
VIII.2. CEN’s Added Value and Avenues for Future Research (137)
VIII.3. Towards a Code of Ethics for Authors of Literary Non-Fiction (140)

References (143)

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