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Narratology and the study of lyric poetry

H.J.G. Du Plooy
Literator | Vol 31, No 3 | a55 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v31i3.55 | © 2010 H.J.G. Du Plooy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2010 | Published: 25 July 2010

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H.J.G. Du Plooy, Subject Group, Afrikaans and Dutch School of Languages, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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This article provides a brief discussion of the theoretical and historical underpinnings of the study of narrativity in lyric poetry. As part of the justification of studying narrative aspects of lyric poetry, reference is made to contemporary paradigms in postclassical narratology of which transgeneric narratology is one. The project titled, “Verse and narrative: narrative structures and techniques in lyric poetry”, from which the articles in this issue emanated, is described briefly by presenting the objectives of the research and by discussing the theoretical and historical implications of such a project. The theoretical part of the article concludes with a list of the preliminary findings. The article also serves as an introduction to this issue of “Literator”, which contains the contributions on English and Dutch texts to the project.


Lyric Poetry; Narrativity; Narrativity In Lyric Poetry; Narratology; Postclassical Narratology; Transgeneric Narratology


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