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Narrative and Becoming

Ridvan Askin

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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.

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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

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About the Author

Ridvan Askin is Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in American and General Literatures at the University of Basel. His recent publications include two co-edited volumes, Aesthetics in the 21st Century, a special issue of Speculations (2014), and Literature, Ethics, Morality: American Studies Perspectives (Narr, 2015).


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.

- Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University

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