Elements of Narrative Analysis

This article is intended to be an introduction to narrative analysis. It introduces key terms in narrative theory (e.g. story and plot), discusses various types of narratives relevant for social studies and features three selected analytical approaches to narratives: a poetic classification, a tripartite way of reading and a deconstructive analysis. The conclusion presents some reflections on narratives as ways to make sense of time. References have been selected as to guide the reader to further studies of narratives and narrative perspectives.

Introduction: I have just started writing this article when I take a quick look at the latest internet edition of the financial times: The compnies involved are, on the one hand, the private industrial service group suez and, on the other hand , the french state controlled (80%) natural gas supplier Gaz de France.

Author: Hervé Corvellec

Source: Goteborg University

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