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REVISITING T.S. ELIOT’S  ‘THE WASTELAND’  : UNDERSTANDING  THE ART OF STORY-TELLING THROUGH NARRATOLOGY

ATUL JAMES SINGH

 

ABSTRACT

Narratology is the study of narrative structures. The mode of narratology studies is much similar to structuralism because it’s a metaphorical generic off-shoot of the latter. Although it has its antecedents in linguistic theories too, yet it has successfully asserted its independence as an individual genre of studies. Narratology is nothing great except for telling and re-telling of stories. Unlikely story-telling where the area of interest is characters, plot and actions involved; narratology diverges its attention towards the ‘style’ and ‘way’ of story-telling. Interestingly, it might at times also provide clues to the writer’s insights and his psyche. This is possible as narratology involves the study of narrative structures. The present research paper is a study of T.S. Eliot’s epical 1922 work ‘The Wasteland’ based on the Gerard Gennete’s theory on narratology. As a practical discourse, narratology paves way for the students of English Literature for a hands-on-experience on being a narratologist. The present research paper has fore-grounded many covert aspects of the writer’s psyche as revealed through narratology.

 

Keywords

Narratology, analepsis / prolepsis, mimetic / diegetic narration, internal / external focalisation.

journal of english

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