Book Launch: Brian Richardson, _A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives_

February 26, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

2020.02.26: Book Launch: Brian Richardson, A POETICS FOR PLOTJoin us as Brian Richardson discusses his most recent publication, A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives (Ohio State UP, 2019) with Christina Walter.

From the publisher's website:

“Brian Richardson’s ever-expanding knowledge of world historical literature—ancient and contemporary, arcane and canonical—allows him, seemingly without effort, to put things in a fresh light—a rare pleasure in academic prose.” —H. Porter Abbott

Story, in the largest sense of the term, is arguably the single most important aspect of narrative. But with the proliferation of antimimetic writing, traditional narrative theory has been inadequate for conceptualizing and theorizing a vast body of innovative narratives. In A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives, Brian Richardson proposes a new, expansive model for understanding story and plot, including beginnings, endings, temporality, and unusual narrative progressions.  While he focuses on late modernist, postmodern, and contemporary narratives, the study also includes many earlier works, spanning from Aristophanes and Shakespeare through James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Salman Rushdie and Angela Carter. 

By exploring fundamental questions about narrative, Richardson provides a detailed, nuanced, and comprehensive theory that includes neglected categories of storytelling and significantly enhances our treatment of traditional areas of analysis. Ultimately, this book promises to transform and expand the study of story and plot.  

For more information contact: Edlie Wong (edlie@umd.edu)