William Empson: Literary criticism is getting steadily more absurd. Ronald Sukenick:Theory is a sign of ignorance. It becomes important when we are no longer sure what we are doing. We are passing through a time when all the Paradigms Of fiction are called into question and in consequence we begin to see the development of a poetics of fiction. Preferably the theory should be implicit in the novel the poetics part of the poem. Tzvetan Todorov: The object of literary theory is not work but literary discourse… Din cuprins: Aproaches to the narrative Fiction – Narrative – Story – Discourse Implied Author – Narrator Story – Plot – Subject – Motifs Beginnings – Endings Time – Space Character – Personage Allegory – Symbolism Evaluating Fiction.