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[mass noun] The branch of knowledge or criticism that deals with the structure and function of narrative and its themes, conventions, and symbols.
- ‘Structuralist narrative theory and narratology conclude that the subject is therefore but an effect of discourse or the outer limit of the narrative boxes and therefore moot.’
- ‘For narratology, legitimate signals must have been authorized as such, demonstrably asserted by the text either in explicit statement or through conventional signs like quotation marks.’
- ‘Much structural analysis, much narratology, ignores or downplays the role of time in narrative in the name of synchronicity.’
- ‘I circled my original idea pondering the elasticity of fiction and the nature of narratology.’
- ‘There are more likely to be longer periods of theory reading: literary theory, cultural theory, narratology.’
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