Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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The most common conception of narrative is as “story”. There is some truth in this conception but it reveals only a small part of what narrative is and can also be misleading. The Oedipus plays,

Egil’s Saga


Titus Andronicus


Rasselas, The Charterhouse of Parma


The Ring and the Book, Dick Barton, Scarface, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Simpsons


Fahrenheit 9/11

are all narratives and all of them have stories. Yet, to simply recount the story events in these narratives would be to neglect what gives them their character as particular forms that might invite specific kinds of reader engagement and pleasure. At root, narrative is best understood as a form of representation in much the same way as what is commonly understood as a “story” or “story form” is. As such,…

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Citation: Cobley, Paul. "Narrative". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 August 2005 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

1222 Narrative 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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