Duration

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Duration describes the disparity between the actual time of an event and the time it takes for a narrator to recount it.

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Definition

Frequently, the actual "real time" of an event and the time a narrator uses to tell it are quite unequal. This disparity between "real time" and the time used to narrate the event is called duration, a term coined by Gerard Genette in his book Narrative Discourse. Sometimes a brief event will take a narrator several pages to recount, while a long, drawn-out event will take only several sentences. The duration therefore depends on the will and intent of the narrator--what he or she deems important to expand upon.

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References

Genette, Gerard. Narrative Discourse.

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