Text and Affect: A Model of Story Understanding
One standard approach to narrative which is, I take it, derived from Romantic theory, runs through the Russian Formalists, and into current views such as those of Perry and Iser.1 For shorthand I shall call it the defamiliarisation model. It assumes that there is a set of norms and conventions which the text calls into play, only to unsettle them in some way and point to an alternative interpretation of reality, or (in some modernist texts) the impossibility of interpretation in itself. I have adopted this model of narrative as the framework for my own exploration, although I shall have some critical things to say about some of its assumptions, which seem to me to be in need of revision.
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