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Beyond Propp and Oedipus: Towards expanding narrative theory

J. Prinsloo
Literator | Vol 13, No 3 | a771 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v13i3.771 | © 1992 J. Prinsloo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 1992 | Published: 06 May 1992

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J. Prinsloo, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

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Aspects of theory surrounding both narrative and reception of film is examined and interrogated. The structural analysis offered by Propp, among other theorists, and insights of psychoanalysis are considered to rework the Oedipal scenario. This paper draws on ideas around transgression and refers to aspects of Oedipus’s life which are largely ignored as the focus of psychic scenario. The narratives of two films. On the Wire and Mississippi Masala are examined in relation to contradictions surrounding their reception.


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