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Akane Kawakami

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382745

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382745.001.0001

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Disorderly Narratives: The Order of Narration

Disorderly Narratives: The Order of Narration

(p.25) Chapter Two Disorderly Narratives: The Order of Narration
Patrick Modiano

Akane Kawakami

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the order in which events are related in Modiano’s novels; based on Genette’s narratological categories, the analysis shows how Modiano’s narratives are organized around an order based on the psychology of the narrator, rather than chronology or narrative logic. This is why the apparent resemblance of some of his novels to detective stories is, in the final analysis, illusory; it is also why they have an interestingly contrastive relationship to histories, biographies and autobiographies. The chapter ends by suggesting that Modiano’s ‘disorderly’ narration subverts our notions of chronological or historical order, preferring instead the ‘disorders’ of affective or psychological organisations of reality.

Keywords:   Narrative order, Chronology, Biography, Tense, Fabula/Sjuzhet

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