What is Narratology?

  • Narratology, as described by the John Hopkins guide, is the representation in which plot, character, and settings are narrated.
  • It is vastly different from “plot” and “story” as narratology serves to be a vessel to carry and represent those categories.
  • Narrative also deals with “point of view” – and the questions of whether it stems from the author’s point of view, or rather the interpretations of those who would create their own “narrative”.
  • (From JHGLTC)
    • Narrative is a part of the general process of representation that takes place in human discourse
    • Story comprises of “all the events that takes place in a narrative” ; while plot comprises of the “underlying causality that binds these events together and demands that some events be narrated and not others”. And Narrative is is “how all these events with underlying causality are created – in what sequence, through which devices, and what kind of narratorial voice.

Q: What is a novel?

A: A novel is a physical medium (which can be viewed digitally if available in such fashion) in which multiple pages chronicle the writer’s story – whether it be fiction, non fiction, biographical, or non-biographical.

Q: How is the “hectic” represented in the House of Leaves?

A: The hectic is represented by the pure unbounded nature of how the book structures itself.  It does not adhere to a set format for text, font, nor paragraph style – instead, it chooses to use inconsistency and hectic chaos to achieve it’s means.

Q: What would be considered a bibliographic code in House of Leaves?

A: A bibliographic code in House of Leaves would be considered any of the pages that uses a less-than-normal format or style to present it’s text.  For instance, the page where the text is purely in brail, or the pages in which all of the text is upside down and half of the page is empty.

Q: How would you map a Black Hole?

A: I would attempt to map a Black Hole (if it is possible) by furthering my scope of the situation into realizing the Black Hole’s infinite boundaries.

Q: How does House of Leaves break the rules of a physical novel?

A: It breaks the rules by not having it’s narrative cohesively presented in one, concise, decisive format throughout.  It also betrays the standards of a physical novel by having footnotes that more or less confuse the reader more than inform them.