The book of David Baboulene's Ph.D. thesis.
A story is not just a text that is read; it is a cultural conversation between an author and a receiver.
Baboulene's doctoral research is a revolution in narratology, shifting the discipline from a focus on the structure of a text to a formalisation of the meaning in the conversation. This work is a clarion call for narrative theory to recognise the difference between narrative and story. That storytelling is a knowledge transfer between people. There is no knowledge in nature, there is only knowledge in mind, and Baboulene's knowledge gap theory provides the tools and methods that compose a new narratology which brings the meaning of the story, the actions of the characters and the phenomenology of the receiver into a singular, cohesive formalism.
"Strong, clear, valid and well-argued. Congratulations, David."
Professor of Narratology
University of Chicago