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By Jan Christoph Meister, Alastair Matthews

Computing motion takes a brand new method of the phenomenon of narrated motion in literary texts. It starts with a survey of philosophical ways to the idea that of motion, starting from analytical to transcendental and eventually constructivist definitions. This results in the formula of a brand new version of motion, during which the center definitions constructed in conventional structuralist narratology and Greimassian semiotics are reconceptualised within the mild of constructivist theories. within the moment a part of the examine, the combinatory version of motion proposed is positioned into perform within the context of a computer-aided research of the motion constructs logically implied via narrative texts. specialized literary computing instruments have been built for the needs of this research of textual info: EVENTPARSER, an interactive device for parsing occasions in literary texts, and EPITEST, a device for subjecting the mark-up documents hence produced to a combinatory research of the episode and motion constructs they include. The 3rd a part of the publication provides a case learn of Goethe's Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten. right here, the sensible program of concept and technique finally ends up in a brand new interpretation of Goethe's recognized Novellenzyklus as a scientific test within the narrative development of motion - an scan meant to illustrate not just Goethe's aesthetic ideas, but in addition, and extra essentially, his epistemological convictions.

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Despite his commitment to text-immanent interpretation, therefore, he cannot escape the fact that external and contingent conditions affect action design. Even Propp shows that the theoretical range of possible action constructs is subject to cultural restrictions in practice. However, the existence of superimposed selective principles is not in itself sufficient to justify rejecting the concept of fictional action as a text-immanent entity. Several critics of Propp, among whom Lévi-Strauss (1984) is most prominent, have pointed out that his methods lead to an inappropriately linear description of action.

At the same time, it indicates that at least one possible alternative activity, if not an infinite number of them, has not been realized. For example, from a rhetorical perspective I might have been well-advised to begin with a proper captatio instead of in medias res. With the very first sentence, I have wasted this chance once and for all and unwittingly added a first entry to the countless list of actions that will be excluded from this text. Moreover, the list will increase in length with every new sentence I write.

See Tomashevsky (1965:68). Doležel (1980) is an interesting attempt to overcome the terminological confusion in Tomashevsky’s approach and, at the same time, combine Tomashevsky’s microstructural approach with Propp’s macrostructural approach. As Kafalenos (1997:473) points out, Propp himself does not distinguish between fabula and syuzhet; genre conventions mean that they are isomorphic in his corpus of fairytales. Belknap (1985:242–51) compares the approaches and concepts which developed in Russian Formalism for theoretically modelling the basic units of literary plots.

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