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Seymour Chatman

PhD, Michigan
Emeritus Professor
7408 Dwinelle Hall
Research Interests
Michelangelo Antonioni, narrative structure


My research focuses on the filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni and on narrative structure, particularly in literature and cinema.


Michelangelo Antonioni: The Investigation (Cologne, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo: Taschen, 2004).

"Parody and Style," Poetics Today, 22:1 (Spring, 2001), 25-39.

"Slant Ironizes Filter" and "Introduction" of Narrative Perspective: Cognition and Emotion, edited by Will van Peer and Seymour Chatman (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001), 117-131.

"New Directions in Voice-Narrated Cinema" in David Herman, ed. Narratologies: New Perspectives on Narrative Analysis (Columbus: Ohio State University, 1999), 315-339.

Articles on "The Narrator" and "Point of View" in Encyclopedia of the Novel, edited by Paul Schellinger (Chicago: Fitzroy, 1999).

"Antonioni in 1980: An Interview," Film Quarterly, I:1 (Fall, 1997), 2-10.

"Whatever Happened to Literary Theory?" a paper given at the third annual meeting of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics in November, 1997, appeared in The Southern Review, 34 (Spring, 1998), 367-382.

"2 1/2 Film Versions of Heart of Darkness," in Conrad on Film, edited by Gene Moore (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 207-223.

Reading Narrative Fiction (New York: Macmillan, 1992),

"Argumentation in Film: Mon Oncle d'Amerique," Bologna: La Cultura Italiana e le Letterature Straniere Moderne (Bologna: Longo Editore Ravenna, 1992), 163-181.

Coming to Terms: The Rhetoric of Narrative in Fiction and Film (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990).

"What Can We Learn From Contextualist Narratology?" Poetics Today, 11:2 (1990), 309-328.

Michelangelo Antonioni's l'Avventura: A Screenplay, Rutgers University Press Screenplay Series (screenplay plus thirty page critical introduction, history of the production, collected articles and reviews on the film, filmography, etc.), edited, partially translated, and with an introduction (in collaboration with Professor Guido Fink, University of Bologna) (New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1989).

"The Rhetoric of Fiction," in Reading Narrative, edited by James Phelan (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1989), 40-52.

"Who is the Best Narrator? The Case of The Third Man?" Style, 23 (Summer, 1989), 183-196.

"On Deconstructing Narratology," Style, 22 (Spring, 1988), 9-17.

"The Representation of Text-Types," Textual Practice, II (1988), 22-29.