In: KulturPoetik 2014, Heft 2


Norman Ächtler


Was ist Narrativ? Begriffsgeschichtliche Überlegungen anlässlich der aktuellen Europa-Debatte




The article proposes a definition of the German term ›Narrativ‹ as an analytical category of interdisciplinary narratology. Based on the terminological approaches of both psychology and history, ›Narrativ‹ is described as an intersubjective narrative pattern consisting of specific structural features. The depiction of these features allows for a more accurate analysis of phenomena of collective narration from a comparative perspective. The utility of the concept will be proved by analysing some aspects of the ongoing debate on a ›New Narrative for Europe‹. It becomes apparent that a stock of consistent terminology based on philological basic research is necessary for major problems of interdisciplinary narratology.