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Nelles, William


Narrative Levels and Embedded Narrative

Series: American University Studies - Volume 33

Year of Publication: 1997

New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1997. 208 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-3039-3 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.470 kg, 1.036 lbs

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Book synopsis

The structural device of the «story within a story», variously labeled «frame», «Chinese box», «Russian doll», or «embedded» narrative, is so widely found in the literature of all cultures and periods as to approach universality. Despite its durable attraction for writers and audiences throughout history, however, embedded narrative remains a form largely unmapped by literary theory. This study surveys and synthesizes the work done to date on this significant artistic technique and breaks new ground by providing a comprehensive model for the description and analysis of the many types and functions of embedded narrative.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: William Nelles is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He received his Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. In addition to publishing numerous articles in scholarly journals and books, he has served since 1991 as Bibliography Editor of the journal of literary theory Style.


American University Studies: Series 19, General Literature. Vol. 33