James Phelan

James Phelan is Distinguished University Professor of English and the Director of Project Narrative at Ohio State University.  He has devoted his research to thinking through the consequences of conceiving of narrative as rhetoric, an effort that has generated multiple books, the most recent of which are Somebody Telling Somebody Else: A Rhetorical Poetics of Narrative (2017) and Debating Rhetorical Narratology (2020, with Matthew Clark). Since 1992 Phelan has been the editor of Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, and this year the Society has named him the recipient of its Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award.

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