Chapter 3. Back to the Elements: Narrative Occasions

  1. David Herman

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305920.ch3

Basic Elements of Narrative

Basic Elements of Narrative

How to Cite

Herman, D. (2009) Back to the Elements: Narrative Occasions, in Basic Elements of Narrative, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305920.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141536

Online ISBN: 9781444305920



  • back to the elements;
  • situatedness;
  • narrative occasions;
  • “Hills Like White Elephants,” UFO or the Devil, Ghost World - frameworks for inquiry;
  • sociolinguistic approaches;
  • production formats, participation frameworks, and narrative occasions;
  • conversation analysis - narrative and economy of turn-taking;
  • conversation analysis - approach to study of communicative interaction;
  • positioning theory - positioning in UFO or the Devil;
  • narrative communication model - narratological foundations and rhetorical inflections


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Situating Stories

  • Sociolinguistic Approaches

  • Positioning Theory

  • The Narrative Communication Model

  • Conclusion