Seymour Chatman (August 30, 1928 - November 4, 2015) was an American film and literary critic and professor emeritus of rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.
He is one of the most significant figures of American narratology (theory of narrative), being regarded as a prominent representative of its Structuralist or "classic" branch.
Chatman's work includes:
- The Later Style of Henry James (1972)
- Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in fiction and Film (1978)
- Michelangelo Antonioni, or, the Surface of the World (1986)
- Coming to Terms. The Rhetoric of Narrative in Fiction and Film (1990)
- Reading Narrative Fiction (1993)
- Michelangelo Antonioni: The Complete Films (2004) with Paul Duncan