Framing narrative

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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

  • Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights.
  • Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness.
  • James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw.
  • Kipling, Rudyard. "The Man Who Would be King."
  • Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet.

Critical Debates

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Related Terms

narrative, embedded narrative, antinarrative

References

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