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Putting the Pieces Together: A Narratological Reading of Love Medicine

Authors
  • Grip, Ida
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2023
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine is a novel depicting a world of authentic Native American experiences for readers to immerse themselves in. Erdrich creates this immersive setting with an unconventional sense of pace, realistic handling of characters, and clever choices of narration. The question of how this unique type of writing creates effective storytelling can be answered by analyzing its effects through the use of narratology. This essay outlines narratological features and effects in Love Medicine through the use of structuralist concepts. By utilizing terms out of Genette’s structuralist framework such as time, events and narration, defining the methods applicable to this novel, the scattered pieces of Erdrich’s narrative come together to describe its underlying structure with greater clarity. 

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