David Herman

Ohio State University

The Spacetime Configuration of Storyworlds

Using Ian McEwan’s novel On Chesil Beach (2007) as a case study, this essay outlines strategies for investigating the nexus of narrative and mind – that is, the way stories both result from and support modes of intelligent behavior._1 Research on the mind‑narrative nexus, like feminist narratology, work on narrative across media, and other approaches to narrative inquiry, can be described as a subdomain within “postclassical” narratology (Herman 1999).