Framing narrative

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== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==
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''The Turn of the Screw'', Henry James
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''Romeo and Juliet'', William Shakespeare
  
 
== Critical Debates ==
 
== Critical Debates ==

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The function of a framing narrative, or frame narrative, is to contain within it a second, related narrative.

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Definition

A framing narrative contains a second narrative, or embedded narrative, in order to provide a context or setting for it. Sometimes this framing narrative will begin and end the narrative as a whole, providing book ends, while other times the framing narrative will simply be present in the beginning of the narrative. The framing narrative "sets the scene" for the embedded narrative, giving us a context in which we can read and interpret the text.

Examples

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Critical Debates

{is the term contested, challenged, defined differently, etc.?}

Related Terms

narrative, embedded narrative, antinarrative

References

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