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Research Seminar Series - The Nature of Narrative

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START DATE 13 February 2019

Middlesex University Dubai, Oasis Theatre

END DATE 13 February 2019

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held on February 13th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park.

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 245 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Dr. Louise Edensor will deliver seminar on:

“The Nature of Narrative”

Louise Edensor


Drawing on doctoral research, this seminar will address the nature of narrative by examining the kind of techniques writers employ in managing perspectives to create tapestries of voices in fiction. Seeking to explore and explain narratological concepts, this seminar will highlight how, whilst narrative and story are interrelated they are, at the same time, distinctly different. This talk will begin by considering some key aspects of narratological study to underscore the discussion of techniques used by several key authors, such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Katherine Mansfield. Through illustration, and using a number of authors and stories, this talk aims to showcase the kind of literary craft that formulates, organises or manipulates the reader’s understanding and ideological viewpoint.

Crafting a narrative to give the reader access to the inner consciousness of characters allows for several ideological standpoints to be portrayed. It also permits the withholding of information to create ambiguity, suspense or intrigue. Writers who employ methods such as focalisation and free indirect discourse develop richer narrative schemas which enable a sense of empathy and closeness with the characters they create. These techniques also provide writers with the opportunity to develop a shared ideology by managing the reader’s knowledge and understanding of character. By analysing a short story as an exemplar, this seminar will depict how the literary critic dissects the framework of a narrative in order to expose how the craft of a story underscores the basic tenet that form plus content equals meaning.


Dr. Louise Edensor is Senior Lecturer and Campus Programme Coordinator for the International Foundation Programme and lecturer in Media and Education. She has a PhD from the University Of Northampton, UK. She has published book chapters and papers on the writings of Katherine Mansfield (and associates), and worked as Editorial Assistant on the journal Katherine Mansfield Studies. Her current research interests centre on the short story form in Modernist Magazines.

We look forward to welcoming you at the seminar.

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