Narrative and Story across Disciplines

Our vision for our reading group is to bring together representatives from as many as possible of these disciplines and perspectives—as participants, as guests, and as authors of texts—to address the question: what tools are available to us for the study of narrative as a phenomenon and of individual narratives, and what questions should we be asking as we do so?

Organizers:Jamie Wheeler, [email protected],and Naomi Vaida, [email protected]


Sample readings: 

Gerard Genette, "Order, Duration, and Frequency" in Narrative Dynamics, ed. Brian Richardson - (this one I think has some really good potential links with experimental work!)

Gerald Prince, "The Disnarrated," in Style 22.1

Marie-Laure Ryan, "Narrative and Digitality: Learning to Think with the Medium," in A Companion to Narrative Theory, ed. James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz

Genevieve Liveley, “Cynthia prima fuit, Cynthia finis erit: Time and Narrative in Propertius 4,” in Helios 37.2.

Michalopoulos, S., & Xue, M. M. (2021). Folklore. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 136(4), 1993-2046.

Oatley, K. (2016). Fiction: Simulation of social worlds. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(8), 618-628.

Bower, G. H., & Morrow, D. G. (1990). Mental models in narrative comprehension. Science, 247(4938), 44-48.

Andrus, B. R., Nasiri, Y., Cui, S., Cullen, B., & Fulda, N. (2022, June). Enhanced Story Comprehension for Large Language Models through Dynamic Document-Based Knowledge Graphs. In Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Vol. 36, No. 10, pp. 10436-10444).