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Narratives in Popular Culture, Media, and Everyday Life

Narratives in Popular Culture, Media, and Everyday Life

September 1996 | 214 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Arthur Asa Berger's newest work, Narratives in Popular Culture, Media, and Everyday Life elucidates narrative theory and applies it to the reader's everyday experience with popular forms of mass media. Many professionals in the social sciences today have developed great interest in narratives and the insights they can provide about people. This one-of-a-kind book helps to interpret narratives while bringing the analysis down to an accessible level. The first part of the volume defines and examines narrative theorists and narrative techniques--a glossary in chapter four defines key terms and concepts. The second half considers the narrative elements of dreams, fairy tales, comics, television, novels, radio, film, and everyday life. Berger's conversational style and illuminating application of narrative technique encourage readers to recognize how narratives shape the media as well as one's own perceptions.

Students and professionals in popular culture, media studies, mass communication, and film studies will enjoy Narratives in Popular Culture, Media, and Everyday Life's treatment of popular texts and films, as well as its easy-to-read format.

The Nature of Narrative
Theorists of Narrativity
Narrative Techniques and Authorial Devices
A Glossary of Terms Relating to Narrative Texts
A Freudian Perspective

Fairy Tales
The Comics
The Macintosh '1984' Television Commercial
A Study in Television Narrativity

The Popular Culture Novel
Radio Narratives
A Case Study of the War of the Worlds Script

Film Narratives
Narratives and Everyday Life

This book focuses on narration in lots of different types of media and tells the reader at the same time that narration not only takes place in literature and film. It also can be found in the radio, in dreams, in commercials as well as in the everyday life communication. It postualtes narration as a concept of a basal way of communication in the first place. It is as well a book that bring in the theoretical roots and empirical access to narration together.

Mr Manuel Menke
Department for Media and Educational Technology, University of Augsburg
November 6, 2012

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