Integrated Media: Reading 04 RYAN

Ryan, Marie-Laure. Avatars of Story. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

This article by Marie-Laure Ryan is based upon the definition of what makes up a narrative – which Ryan briefly discuses and then summarises in list form. It is accepted by Adrian that lists are a very useful method to ‘approach making, and reading, Korsakow films’.

Ryan summarises that narrative is the textual realisation of story and story is narrative in virtual form. This interesting perspective allows us to think more effectively about the relationship between the two and how narrative is different from other text types because of its ability to ‘evoke stories to the mind’.

After finalising her arguments, Ryan raises the point that we ‘can never be sure’ that the text is read in the exact way that the writer intended.

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