This review is the first one in a series of reviews and articles on the most noteworthy books on theoretical narratology published in the last five years and aims to outline the common space of narrative theory. The focus is on contemporary narratological theories as they relate to classical ones. Particular attention is paid to the collection of articles by French scholars, given that in France narratology has developed since the decline of structuralism differently than in the English-speaking countries, Germany, and Scandinavia. The review also concerns two books on postcolonial narratology and econarratology, less known branches of postclassical narrative theory.
narratology; structuralism; postclassical narratology; French narratology; econarratology; postcolonial studies; contextual narratology.