Proposal for Narrative Techniques

Tilman Hornig - Proposal for Narrative Techniques


The narrative theory remains one of the most important approaches to the analysis of fiction. One example appears in "The White Elephant" or in Tilman Hornig's group of work "Proposal for Narrative Techniques".


Before we consider this too carefully, it is essential to understand that the scientific connections of collective consciousness are such things as, the motif, the subject, the figure and the plot, the style or structure, the scenery and the point of view. In addition, abstract methods are best understood by combining one of these components.


The following, obviously false quote from the czech philosopher Vilém Flusser, summarizes how we can use these elements effectively: "We are creatures of reflection and speculation. So we can do something that the caveman was not able to do: develop a philosophy of misunderstanding. And this process of realization, appears to us in the form of a steadily growing collection of opportunities...“


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Of course, not all intentions are focused on a narrative. For example, Minecraft: the title is more about the possibilities of your predictive power than sending players on a fixed route or explaining their surroundings. Firemaking in familiar surroundings - making fire to familiarize yourself with an environment. Both possibilities form an objective picture and the same tradition of reception. Each thesis on the individual narrative is thus in harmony with the perception of the cavemen.


So what? In the story of Cinderella, we learn that Cinderella's father lost his wife and married another woman who has two other daughters. In the meantime, he realized that he could not enter into any dialogue with the elephant at all. This is important for us to understand how the dialogue of subjective perception and individual partiality does not function in the simultaneous interpretation process.


But is there a particular moral, intellectual and emotional consistency that could be real or imaginary? No. "Proposal for Narrative Techniques" shows us an objective picture which appears as a reflection of the feeling that something is the case - but not hidden.


Tilman Hornig, 2017