Proposes a new Deleuzian model for understanding narrative
What is narrative? Ridvan Askin brings together aesthetics, contemporary North American fiction, Gilles Deleuze, narrative theory and the recent speculative turn to answer this question. Through this process, he develops a transcendental empiricist concept of narrative. Askin argues against the established consensus of narrative theory for an understanding of narrative as fundamentally nonhuman, unconscious and expressive.
Introduction: Differential Narratology
1. Intensive Narration: Ana Castillo’s The Mixquiahuala Letters
2. Narrating Sensation: Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
3. Sensational Realism: Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist
4. Real Folds: Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
Conclusion: From the Becoming of Narrative to the Narrativity of Becoming
About the Author
Narrative and Becoming takes everything we thought we knew about narrative theory, and places it in a startling new light. Ridvan Askin recasts storytelling both as speculation, exceeding the boundaries of the known, and as an upwelling of the nonhuman even in what we think of as a quintessentially human activity.