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Narrative

 

the text of an epic work with the exception of passages of direct speech; the part of the text recounting events and providing descriptions and commentary. The type of narrative depends on who observes the events and who evaluates them: the author, a narrator, or one of the characters. A narrative may be objective, without authorial commentary, as in Chekhov’s works of the 1890’s. In a subjective narrative, the author expresses his own emotions and judgments; an example is L. N. Tolstoy’s manner in the 1890’s, the period of Resurrection. Modern literature no longer has precise boundaries between these types and components of narrative.

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Further, though reporters may frame stories in a narrative form, they may not have been there at the beginning or the end of whatever they're writing about, and perhaps not much of the middle, either.
That is to say, we recognize the mythic shapes of literature because of our shared cultural experience; consequently, narrative form intensifies the explanatory power of narrative because that form is culturally endowed with a preexisting aesthetic function based on shared affinities between modes of emplotment and their respective tropological categories.
Although, in Geoffrey Elton's famous phrase, the philosophy of history by the late 1980s was in danger of escaping from the scullery into the drawing room, it is a measure of the revolution in history that few historians these days can `do' history without challenging and/or extending it as a way of knowing and, in particular, asking how the narrative form of history influences or even constitutes historical knowledge.
The documents are, she claims, a "prototypical novel" (xlii) in the eighteenth-century epistolary tradition, and this narrative form dovetails with the change in legal evidence to support Chan's sense of a general epistemological change.
Since this English edition will most likely be of interest to either Pasolini enthusiasts or scholars interested in narrative form and composition, it is regrettable that it does not also include a more extensive editorial apparatus.
Rob's uncanny command of the narrative form has made LIFE STORY, his intense - no nonsense debut one of the Fall's most anticipated releases.
Key features of the text include rules and doctrines summarized in question and answer format, 44 problems presenting facts from real cases in narrative form, and various bulleted lists and tables clarifying legal doctrines and other conceptual materials.
From this seed has grown multiple manifestations, among them broadcasts on local and Saint Petersburg television; participation in an international seminar on the preservation of modern monuments; and, most recently, the production of a film that gives narrative form to the teenagers' image of Vyborg through documentary and fictional footage.
Melissa later experimented with the narrative form.
The 29-page report presents selected highlights from the 29 tables in narrative form and in 13 figures.
Browning--experimented with a type of "plotless realism" that ably integrated social critique with new conventions of narrative form.
Part 1 explores history, historiography, and the Bible, describing the authorsAE methodology and their rationale for it; they stress that the narrative form of a text from the past does not disqualify it as a historical source.