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According to this principle, events are tellable if they are unusual, problematic, or scandalous" with reference to the actual world (Possible Worlds 152).
When we students of narrative assess the tellability of a stow, we should thus ask when, where, and for whom that stow is or is not tellable.
What makes a story tellable, and what features can form the point of a story?
Its intractability as narrative repeatedly becomes a justification for turning to Crick's own more tellable history" (929).
In this light, the higher percentage of manner verbs in anecdotes is far from surprising: they focus on how the events in them took place because this is what makes them tellable in the first place, and in so doing, the narratives become worth reading and, presumably, memorable or durable (see also Slobin 2003 in this respect).
Jaccottet, like his German poetic mentor, has taken to heart, as he wanders in the gardens, orchards, meadows, woods, and mountains around his home in Grignan, in the Drome region of southeastern France, Rilke's discovery that "Here is the time for the Tellable, here is its home," as well as the German poet's command to "Speak and proclaim" (Ninth Elegy).
Naturally, Schiff would have no part of Welty's writings, which focused on atmosphere and inner turmoil more than on incident: "All the stories have the same slight framework, the same lack of a tellable, motivated plot.
An American legend based on a true 18th century incident, 'The Ghost Ship' is the weakest of what is otherwise a very strong, readable and tellable bunch.
3) Put simply, Labov argues that the evaluation of a narrative answers the "so-what" question: evaluation articulates the point of the story, in other words, what makes a story tellable in a particular context.
Feminist critics have good reason to be suspicious of erotic narrative as a genre, precisely because it represents the erotic as something eminently tellable.