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Fictions Of Discourse by Patrick O'Neill
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bookshelves: read-in-2010s, communication

Patrick O’Neill sees pure narrative theory as play (applied theory OTOH = work). It’s an open-ended kind of game, like a game of make-believe, where the goal is to keep the game going as long as possible. He proposes four narrative levels: story, text, narration, and textuality (process of text’s production by an author and its reception by readers). It’s the last that’s most interesting, especially in conjunction with his discussion of the different ways of reading narrative texts, i.e. the primacy of authorial intentionality vs. textual intentionally vs. readerly intentionality vs. the interactivity of authorial, textual, and readerly intentionality.

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June 17, 2010 – Started Reading
June 17, 2010 – Shelved
June 24, 2010 – Finished Reading

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