What is narrative?

  • (adj): Consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story.
    Example: "Narrative poetry"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A narrative (or story) is any account that presents connected events, and may be organized into various categories: non-fiction (i.e. New Journalism, creative non-fiction, biographies, and historiography); fictionalized accounts of historical events (i.e. anecdotes, myths and legends); and fiction proper (i.e. literature in prose, such as short stories and novels, and sometimes in poetry and drama, although in drama the events are primarily being shown instead of told). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity and art, including speech, writing, songs, film, television, video games, photography, theatre, and visual arts such as painting, with the modern art movements refusing the narrative in favour of the abstract and conceptual) that describes a sequence of events. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, "to tell", and is related to the adjective gnarus, "knowing" or "skilled".

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Some articles on narrative:

Narrative - Other Specific Applications
... A narrative case study is a case study that tells a story ... Narrative environment is a contested term that has been used for techniques of architectural or exhibition design in which 'stories are told in space' and also for the ... Narrative film is film which uses filmed reality to tell a story, often as a feature film ...
Guido Rodríguez Alcalá - Writings - Narrative
... El rector (novel, 1991, rewarded with the El Lector price in the narrative category) Cuentos (1993) ...
John Adams (book) - Praise
... masterwork of storytelling that blends colorful narrative with sweeping insights." Booklist " wonderfully stirring biography to read it is to feel as if you are witnessing the birth ...
Database Cinema - Implicit/explicit
... the relationship between the database-narrative opposition ... To quote Manovich “the database of choices from which narrative is constructed (the paradigm) is implicit while the actual narrative (the syntagm) is explicit” ... The paradigmatic database is tangible, while the syntacmatic narrative is virtual ...

More definitions of "narrative":

  • (noun): A message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program.
    Example: "His narrative was interesting"
    Synonyms: narration, story, tale

Famous quotes containing the word narrative:

    Yet poetry, though the last and finest result, is a natural fruit. As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done. It is the chief and most memorable success, for history is but a prose narrative of poetic deeds.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)

    Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)