Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Geography and Anthropology

First Advisor

M. Jill Brody

Abstract

This dissertation develops a new approach to the analysis of narratives by combining the analysis of narrative structure and character analysis. Through the in-depth analysis of two stories of a collection of 32 Nanzi stories (from Curacao), which are spider/trickster stories in Papiamentu, I develop a method to analyze the structure of the Nanzi stories. My method is based on the determination of narrative division into (1) episodes, organized as macro-propositions under a macro-structure (Van Dijk 1982; 1992); (2) different sections (six), based on narrative and free clauses (Labov 1972); and, (3) major events (Barthes 1975; Chatman 1978). By applying several theories of character analysis to one of my sample stories: Hasan's -er/ed roles (1989), combined with Halliday's process analysis (1997); narration and focalization (Bal 1991); interrelationship of characters (King 1992), I demonstrate (1) how an all-round image of human-like characters is created in the Nanzi story; (2) why the characters in the Nanzi story convey such a vivid impression to the reader.

ISBN

9780599853379

Pages

271

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