2004
Volume 55, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1876-9071
  • E-ISSN: 2214-5729

Abstract

Abstract

This article investigates how different narrating strategies influence the way in which we acquire historical knowledge through narrative. It analyses description and reference as narrating strategies that signalize that what is told is consonant with reality (emersive narrating strategies). These narrating strategies are commonly used in non-fictional texts. Immersive strategies are a different set of narrating strategies like dramatized scenes, focalisation, and secondary illusion that aim at creating the illusion that what is told is present in the moment of reading. While immersive strategies are usually expected in fictional contexts, I show that they can also be found in texts whose main purpose is to represent reality like the popular historiographical texts (2009) [2008] by Philipp Blom or (2004) [ 2008] by Geert Mak. The chore of this article is to explain why in certain contexts immersive strategies can be used to support the idea that the text gives a reliable picture of a (past) reality. Using the rhetorical concepts of and I show why appealing to the reader’s imagination by giving the impression that the reader is part of the narrated world can be productively integrated into a narration whose main aim is to communicate factual knowledge.

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