One of the virtues of David Herman's
logic lies in its attempt to bring together literary
and linguistic approaches to the study of narrative. The attempt
results in a synthesis that promotes a better understanding
of discourse for literary scholars and a deeper grasp of basic
narratology tools for discourse analysts. The title of the volume
reflects one of the main points of the book: that “stories
both have a logic and are logic in their own right” (p.
22) because they constitute a powerful instrument for understanding
the world. The more general objective of the analyses presented
in the volume is to work toward a cognitive approach to narrative
in which narrative understanding is explained as a process of
creating and updating mental models of particular storyworlds.
Thus, Herman looks at language theory and narrative theory as
theoretical frames that not only can enrich each other, but
that also constitute a resource for cognitive science in general.