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STUDIES AND RESEARCH

The Narrator and the Implied Author in Seymour Chatman’s Theoretical Model

This analysis of the narrative theoretical model by Seymour Chatman focuses on the terms »narrator« and »implied author« as seen through the development of Chatman’s model from the book Story and Discourse to the book Coming to Terms.

Special emphasis is put on the problem of film. Attention is also given to the controversial observations by Shlomith Kimmon-Kenan. Some of Chatman’s thesises are tested (and confirmed) on film materials somewhat different from the ones that they were proven on. However, a theoretical analysis of the fundamental assumptions and the starting point of Chatman’s model show the justification behind Rimmon-Kenan’s succinctly produced observations.

Namely, the narrator and implied author are totally different types of instances. The first will serve us very well when speculating on the expression of the story (in connection with contemplation regarding the so-called grammar of narrative text). The second cannot be recognized clearly above the level of story content.

However, since content and expression are not easily separated categories (their separation is mostly speculative), the assertions in the instance of the author being implied dictate the entire structure of the narrative text (depending on point of view, it becomes certain because of it).

The deductions in this work are based not only on the observations of Rimmon-Kenan and the thesises of S. Chatman, but also on the practical examples with which the author simultaneously proves the validity of his theories and the value of the corrections suggested by Rimmon-Kenan.



Nikica Gilić

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