(Un)reliability in narrative discourse: A comprehensive overview

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1 The State of the Art: A Field in Trouble. 2 (Un)Reliable Discourse off to a Stimulating Equivocal Start: Why Wayne Booth's The Rhetoric of Fiction Falls Short and Where to Go from There: 2.1 Stammering between Narrator and Implied Author, or, Why the Author Needs to Keep Silent; 2.1.1 The Best Version, Considering; 2.1.2 Two-Mindedness; 2.1.3 Confusing the Communicators: Forms, Penalties, Lessons; 2.1.4 The Implied Author Vulnerable to Reliability Judgments?; 2.2 "Person" Overworked or Underworked? The Line between Mediators Erased and Redrawn; 2.2.1 Narrator, Reflector, Informant; 2.2.2 Author vs. Narrator, Narrator vs. Nonnarrator: Distinctions Compared and Correlated; 2.3 Do Narrators Act, Reliably or Otherwise? Narrating-I vs. Experiencing- I; 2.3.1 "Speaks or Acts"?; 2.3.2 Other Variations on the Enacted Narrator: A Brief Comparison of Oddities; 2.3.3 An Example from Proust; 2.3.4 Impossible Ontology: The Mediator Accompanied or Abandoned by the Author; 2.4 Making Bricks without Straw: How to Do Things with an Unworkable Formula? 3 The Constructivist Turn: (Un)Reliability as a Mechanism of Integration: 3.1 The Perspectival Mechanism among Other Lines of Sense-Making; 3.2 The Perspectival Mechanism vis-à-vis Its Rivals and Partners; 3.3 The Theory Reviewed from a Different Perspective: Correcting Some Misunderstandings and Misapplications; 3.3.1 The Figurative Mechanism; 3.3.2 Reasoning in Face of Unreason: (Un) Reliability as Explained Problem and Explanatory Principle; 3.3.3 Paradigms and/or Participants Misnamed, Misgrouped, Monopolized: Is the Implied Author Necessary for Reliability Judgments?; 3.3.4 (Re)Construction; 3.3.5 (Re)Constructive Modulations: Defining (Un)Reliability and Making Reliability Judgments; 3.3.6 Dangerous Liaisons. 4 Approaches to (Un)Reliability and the Wavering among Them: 4.1 (Un)Reliability in the Beholder's Eye: The Pedophile among Reliability Judges of Humbert; 4.2 The Reader Mixed-up with Other Reference Points; 4.3 Tissues of Incompatibility: A Brief Comparison; 4.4 The Interactive, Text/Reader Orientation; 4.5 Objectivism: Miniature and Large-Scale Reflexes (Expressions, Giveaways); 4.6 How the Implied Author and Author-Centeredness (Re)Enter by the Backstairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-498
Number of pages172
JournalPoetics Today
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • (Un)reliable
  • Constructivism
  • Implied author
  • Informant
  • Integration mechanisms
  • Perspectival hypothesis
  • Reflector
  • Sense-making
  • Tel-Aviv poetics


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