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date: 14 June 2024

slice of life [French tranche de vie] 

A Dictionary of Media & Communication

Daniel Chandler,

Rod Munday

A term originally applied to ‘realistic’ writers such as the French novelist Émile Zola (1840–1902), implying that such work presented episodes of everyday life as if it were an unmediated recording or even a fragment of the world. For instance, dialogue might bear a striking resemblance to real-life conversations, or the frame of the work (such as the last page of the novel, the final curtain onstage, or the picture frame of a painting) might seem to cut across ongoing action like a photographic snapshot. ... ...

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