The Storyworld Accord

The Storyworld Accord

Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives

Erin James

Frontiers of Narrative Series

308 pages

Hardcover

July 2015

978-0-8032-4398-9

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About the Book

“Storyworlds,” mental models of context and environment within which characters function, is a concept used to describe what happens in narrative. Narratologists agree that the concept of storyworlds best captures the ecology of narrative interpretation by allowing a fuller appreciation of the organization of both space and time, by recognizing reading as a process that encourages readers to compare the world of a text to other possible worlds, and by highlighting the power of narrative to immerse readers in new and unfamiliar environments.

Focusing on the work of writers from Trinidad and Nigeria, such as Sam Selvon and Ben Okri, The Storyworld Accord investigates and compares the storyworlds of nonrealist and postmodern postcolonial texts to show how such narratives grapple with the often-collapsed concerns of subjectivity, representation, and environment, bringing together these narratological and ecocritical concerns via a mode that Erin James calls econarratology. Arguing that postcolonial ecocriticism, like ecocritical studies, has tended to neglect imaginative representations of the environment in postcolonial literatures, James suggests that readings of storyworlds in postcolonial texts helps narrative theorists and ecocritics better consider the ways in which culture, ideologies, and social and environmental issues are articulated in narrative forms and structures, while also helping postcolonial scholars more fully consider the environment alongside issues of political subjectivity and sovereignty.

Author Bio

Erin James is an assistant professor of English at the University of Idaho and has published essays in the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature, Journal of Narrative Theory, The Bioregional Imagination, and Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies.

Praise

"An ambitious and timely project."—Marco Caracciolo, Diegesis: Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research

"The Storyworld Accord is at the forefront of exciting new developments in ecocriticism and narratology."—Astrid Bracke, Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism

The Storyworld Accord is ultimately a work of postcolonial literary study, and it very effectively grounds postcolonial work in an econarratology that reads stories and their worlds as opportunities to foster communication and understanding across diverse populations with differing social and environmental experiences.”—Eric Otto, author of Green Speculations: Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism
 

Table of Contents

Preface: “Another Place Entirely”    
Acknowledgments    
1. Toward Econarratology    
2. Space and Counterpersonal Narration in Sam Selvon’s A Brighter Sun and The Lonely Londoners    
3. Rotten English and Orality in Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy    
4. Sight and Bodies in V. S. Naipaul’s Indian Travelogues    
5. National Myths and Ontological Boundaries in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road Trilogy    
6. Toward Storyworld Accords    
Notes    
Glossary    
Works Cited    
Index
 

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