Paradigm shift. Book review: Phelan J. Somebody telling somebody else : a rhetorical poetics of narrative. – Columbus : Ohio state univ. press, 2017. – 274 p.



James Phelan proposes a paradigm shift for narrative theory, a turn from viewing narrative as a structure to viewing it as a rhetorical action in which a teller selectively deploys the resources of storytelling in order to accomplish particular purposes in relation to particular audiences.


rhetorical narratology; Aristotles’ «Poetics»; probable impossibilities vs improbable possibilities; narrative progression; the model of narrative communication; S. Chatman.

DOI: 10.31249/lit/2021.02.02

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