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Narrative Means to Journalistic Ends

A Narratological Analysis of Selected Journalistic Reportages

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Nora Berning
    Pages 15-19
  3. Nora Berning
    Pages 21-57
  4. Nora Berning
    Pages 59-101
  5. Nora Berning
    Pages 103-119
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 121-158

About this book


Nora Berning grasps the narrative potential of journalistic reportages via a set of narratological categories. Spurred by an interdisciplinary framework, she builds on transgeneric narratological research and shows that journalistic reportages can be described, analyzed, and charted with categories that originate in structuralist narratology. The author spells out minimal criteria for particular types of reportages, and challenges the argument that journalism and literature have distinct, non-overlapping communicative goals. By showing that the reportage is a hybrid text type that seeks to inform, educate, and entertain, this study advances a re-conceptualization of journalism and literature as two fields with permeable borders.

The book is written for researchers and students in the fields of journalism, media, communications, and literary theory.


Journalism Awards Narrative Journalism Narrative Theory Narratology Typological Circle

About the authors

Nora Berning is a researcher at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, where she has specialized in the field of media cultures, with a special emphasis on narrativity in journalism.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Narrative Means to Journalistic Ends
  • Book Subtitle A Narratological Analysis of Selected Journalistic Reportages
  • Authors Nora Berning
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2011
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-531-17910-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-531-92699-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 158
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Journalism
    Communication Studies
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