This comprehensive, accessible guidebook traces the ways in which human beings have used narrative to make sense of time, space and identity over the centuries. Particular attention is given to:
* early narrative, from Hellenic and Hebraic
* the rise of the novel
* realist representation
* imperialism and narrative
* modernism and cinema
* postmodern narrative
* narrative and new technologies.
With a strong emphasis on clarity and a range of examples from oral cultures to cyberspace, this is the ideal guide to an essential critical topic.