This book responds to the ever-growing production and consumption of stories of all kinds in popular and academic cultures. Narrative is a fundamental means whereby we make sense of our own lives and of the world around us, but we are not often aware that we shape our identities and relationships through narrative. Keeping of a traditional diary was always a minority pursuit but all that changed after blogging and social networking: with over 700 million users and growing, Facebook is the biggest but by no means the only truly global platform for the creation and exchange of all kinds of narratives. Digital media and social networking offer us accessible and exciting means for the reading, writing, re-mixing and sharing narrative. This book opens up all of these issues to the reader, while teaching how narrative research is done. Brian Alleyne teaches Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Analysing Narrative


Figure 3.1 Chapter Map

Figure 3.1

Key Learning Objectives

  • To introduce the key concepts of narratology - the analysis of narratives.
  • To introduce the structuralist analysis of narratives, and relate this to semiotics.
  • To introduce the thematic analysis of narratives.
  • To introduce key concepts of discourse and discourse analysis, and to show how these are important for the analysis of narrative.
  • To show how narrative may be identified and described in terms of the quality of narrativity and the process of narrativisation.
  • To introduce methodological issues that arise when analysing social networks in terms of their narrative elements.
  • To introduce methodological issues that arise when analysing hypertexts and videogames as narratives.



Narratology is the formal study of narrative, both as object and as process/act. The term was first used by Tzvetan Todorov. ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles