Narrative Means to Journalistic Ends

A Narratological Analysis of Selected Journalistic Reportages

  • Authors
  • Nora Berning

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Nora Berning
    Pages 15-19
  3. Nora Berning
    Pages 21-57
  4. Nora Berning
    Pages 59-101
  5. Nora Berning
    Pages 103-119
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 121-158

About this book


Nora Berning grasps the narrative potential of journalistic reportages via a set of narratological categories. Spurred by an interdisciplinary framework, she builds on transgeneric narratological research and shows that journalistic reportages can be described, analyzed, and charted with categories that originate in structuralist narratology. The author spells out minimal criteria for particular types of reportages, and challenges the argument that journalism and literature have distinct, non-overlapping communicative goals. By showing that the reportage is a hybrid text type that seeks to inform, educate, and entertain, this study advances a re-conceptualization of journalism and literature as two fields with permeable borders.

The book is written for researchers and students in the fields of journalism, media, communications, and literary theory.


Journalism Awards Narrative Journalism Narrative Theory Narratology Typological Circle

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2011
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-17910-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-92699-5
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