The Return of the Storyteller in Contemporary Fiction

The Return of the Storyteller in Contemporary Fiction

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Focusing on the figure of the storyteller, this study breaks new ground in the approach to reading contemporary literature by identifying a growing interest in storytelling. For the last thirty years contemporary fiction has been influenced by theoretical discourses, textuality and writing. Only since the rise of postcolonialism have academic critics been more overtly interested in stories, where high theory frameworks are less applicable. However, as we move through various contemporary contexts engaging with postcolonial identities and hybridity, to narratives of disability and evolutionary accounts of group and individual survival, a common feature of all is the centrality of story, which posits both the idea of survival and the passing on of traditions. This book closely examines this preoccupation with story and storytelling through a close reading of sixteen contemporary international novels written in English which are about actual 'storytellers', revealing how death of the author has given birth to the storyteller.Tellingly, however, SaAola#39;s conversion to storyteller allows him not to fully abandon all his past identities, as the ... and, perhaps by taking the guise of storyteller, SaAol becomes a kind of prophetic figure in the practice of his craft.42 Theseanbsp;...

Title:The Return of the Storyteller in Contemporary Fiction
Author: Areti Dragas
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing - 2014-08-31

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