anonymid (anonymid) wrote in narrativetheory,


I'm looking for some good theoretical accounts of suspense--by which I mean not the name of a particular genre (as it's sometimes used loosely as a synonym for "horror" films or "thrilers" or whatever), but rather the name of the more general narrative concept/device/effect that is found pretty much everywhere, in one way or another, not only in most mediums and genres of narrative, but in most narratives period. (In this case, I'm seeking such references for potential use in a paper on Frank Norris's McTeague.)

So any recommendations you could make of particular texts (full books, individual book chapters, articles, etc.), be they ancient or modern or contemporary, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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