Alozija Zupan Sosič – THE THEORY OF NARRATIVES part 2

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The scientific monograph The Theory of Narratives by Alojzija Zupan Sosič was created as a synthesis of an authentic almost twenty-year long systematic study of narrative texts. In the monograph, the author takes a detailed look at the knowledge of classical and post-classical narratology, while respecting, critically judging and even supplementing the most recent insights of foreign theoreticians and verifying their usability in concrete analyzes and interpretations of literary texts. Alojzija Zupan Sosič’s narrative theory is almost entirely devoted to narrative in literature, although the author also starts from the assumption that narrative, based on storytelling as a universal human activity, is not exclusively a characteristic of literary texts. Alojzija Zupan Sosič’s monograph represents an innovation in Slovenian literary science and as such can be considered a a fundamental work of it. In the monograph, the author unifies for the first time the central concepts for the analysis and interpretation of narratives and the methodological origins from which these concepts were formed.

Based on the study of the domestic and foreign state of the field of classical and post-classical narratology, as evidenced by her extensive list of domestic and foreign literature, her own original additions, proposals and solutions, as well as reflections on what is significant from the point of view of theory and applicability for researchers and readers of narratives, Alojzija Zupan Sosič divided the contents of the monograph into 157 chapters.

The monograph offers numerous new insights and the author’s original solutions. Among the most innovative chapters are the ones in which she discusses the narrator, the mediation of speech, and narrative feelings. For example, the author synthesized the knowledge of the unreliable narrator and added to it the possibility of an unreliable reader and when describing it, she warned of enigmatic descriptions, she also added the mediation of speech to textual means, etc. The originality and uniqueness of the monograph is also represented by the glossary. Thoughtfully and in accordance with contemporary narratological and ethical principles, examples of literary texts from the corpus of neglected genders, social classes or nationalities were often chosen.

prof. dr. sc. Jožica Čeh Steger