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classic realist text

classic realist text  

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A modernist text that is orchestrated to effect closure (see also narrative closure; open and closed texts; readerly), in which contradictions are suppressed and the reader is encouraged to adopt a ...
classical narrative structure

classical narrative structure  

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A traditional three-part framework for the course of events in a narrative, usually traced back to Aristotle's Poetics (c.335 bce). Typically characterized as equilibrium–disruption–equilibrium (or ...
closed forms

closed forms  

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The kinds of narratives that are self-contained and have a sense of structural (and arguably ideological) closure. The British cultural theorist Anthony Easthope (1939–99) argues that the masculine ...
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Deborah H. Roberts

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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Classical studies, History
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the sense of finality or conclusiveness at the end of a work or some part of it. In addition to the basic fulfilment of expectations raised by particular texts, some ancient genres show ... More
denouement

denouement  

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[French ‘unravelling’]In a narrative or drama, the final resolution of the conflicts, mysteries, or misunderstandings in the plot; the tying up of loose ends, typically in a final scene or chapter, ...
Euripides

Euripides  

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(480–c. 406 bc),Greek dramatist. His nineteen surviving plays show important innovations in the handling of traditional myths, such as the introduction of realism, an interest in feminine psychology, ...
gendered genres

gendered genres  

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See also genre.1. Formats in any medium for which the primary target audience is one sex rather than the other. In relation to television genres, soap operas are often characterized as a feminine ...
Horace

Horace  

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(65–8bc),Roman poet of the Augustan period. A notable satirist and literary critic, he is best known for his Odes, much imitated by later ages, especially by the poets of 17th-century England.
levelling

levelling  

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1 The tendency to perceive or to remember material in a form closer to a good Gestalt than is objectively the case, unimportant and incongruous details gradually disappearing over time, such ...
literary theory and classical studies

literary theory and classical studies  

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One of the most striking features of 20th-cent. intellectual life has been the attention paid to literary theory, especially from the time of the 1960s. This intellectual ferment has produced ...
narrative

narrative  

[Th]The creation of a historical narrative is, for many, the ultimate aim of archaeological research—developing a rounded knowledge about the past, or some aspect of it, which combines the ...
narrative closure

narrative closure  

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1. A clear outcome in a narrative (e.g. the murderer identified, the male lead married to the female lead).2. Having a definite and final ending: that which defines a closed narrative form: as ...
Oedipal trajectory

Oedipal trajectory  

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A simplistic psychoanalytical interpretation of classical narrative structure in mainstream cinema, in which (as in many action films) a male protagonist has to face a crisis, usually resolving it, ...
open form

open form  

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Narratives with no structural (or arguably ideological) closure. In literary works this is typically a deliberate reaction against the conventions of the classic realist text. In relation to ...
selective perception

selective perception  

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Is the tendency for all people to take more notice of things, events, ideas, and so forth that interest them. Normally, this is a useful means of making sense of the world, but it can become a ...
sententia

sententia  

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Whose basic meaning is ‘way of thinking’, came to have specialized senses, such as an opinion expressed in the senate, the judgement of a judge, and the spirit (as opposed to the letter) of the law. ...
tolerance of ambiguity

tolerance of ambiguity  

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A cognitive style representing the degree to which an individual is comfortable with situations or stimuli which lack a single clear and regular pattern or an obviously correct interpretation. In ...
transcendent signified

transcendent signified  

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For Derrida, the illusion of an ultimate referent at the heart of a signifying system which is portrayed as ‘absolute and irreducible’, stable, timeless, and transparent—as if it were independent of ...
univocality

univocality  

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In contrast to polyvocality, the use of a single voice as a narrative mode within a text. Univocal texts offer a preferred reading of what they represent. By obscuring agency, this mode of narration, ...

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