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ERIC Number: ED315823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 32
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Narrative and Social Actions: "The Making of the President 1960."
Murphy, John
Theodore H. White's "The Making of the President 1960" is widely acknowledged to be a classic of contemporary political history. Using the concepts of Northrop Frye, a study examined the narrative structure of White's work and contends that the book's power derives from its form as a quest story in a high mimetic mode. As such, the book functions to legitimate the political system and the results of the election. Analysis shows that the study of narrative in human communication can profit from an examination of the social action performed by specific types of narratives. Such a perspective would answer charges that narrative theory is too general to provide the pragmatic tools needed for effective criticism. (Thirty-seven references are attached.) (Author/SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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