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Narrative Anchors and the Processes of Story Construction: The Case of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin

Barbara Dancygier
Vol. 41, No. 2, Style in Fiction (Summer 2007), pp. 133-151
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This paper extends the analytic tools developed within blending theory, to propose a new approach to the narrative as a cognitive construct. Specifically, the paper introduces the concept of narrative anchors, defined as textual devices prompting the emergence of narrative spaces. It is argued that a renewed interest in text analysis might provide a link between the local level stylistic choices and the global level construct known as “the story.” Within this framework, stories can be seen as complex blends, emerging from subsequent levels of integration of narrative spaces.

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