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adventure Story

adventure Story  

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A loose but commonly accepted term for a kind of prose narrative addressed for the most part to boys, in which a hero or group of heroes engages in exotic and perilous exploration. It is a ...
anticlimax

anticlimax  

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In drama and narratives, an event or revelation that either does not live up to expectations, or diminishes the impact of what has gone before. The shift in tone signalled by an anticlimax can be ...
anti-hero

anti-hero  

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A central character in a narrative or drama who lacks the admirable qualities of fortitude, courage, honesty, and decency that are usually possessed by traditional heroes. Examples include Alex in A ...
anti-novel

anti-novel  

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A form of experimental fiction that dispenses with certain traditional elements of novel‐writing like the analysis of characters' states of mind or the unfolding of a sequential plot. The term is ...
background

background  

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1. In visual images which involve the representation of spatial depth, the depicted area that appears to be farthest from the viewer. One of the three zones of recession lying behind the picture ...
back-story

back-story  

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1. In fictional narratives (in print, on stage or on screen), the untold story of significant events leading up to the situation at the outset of the narrative.2. (journalism) Either fuller details ...
blank verse

blank verse  

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Verse without rhyme, especially the iambic pentameter of unrhymed heroic, the regular measure of English dramatic and epic poetry, first used by Surrey c.1540.
character

character  

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In narrative generally, a character is a person depicted within a story, either through description or direct speech; in drama the term usually refers only to persons portrayed by actors. ...
characterization

characterization  

The representation of persons in narrative and dramatic works. This may include direct methods like the attribution of qualities in description or commentary, and indirect (or ‘dramatic’) methods ...
chronotope

chronotope  

A term employed by the Russian literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin (1895–1975) to refer to the co-ordinates of time and space invoked by a given narrative; in other words to the ‘setting’, considered ...
classical Hollywood cinema

classical Hollywood cinema  

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1. Films produced by the major Hollywood studios in what many refer to as the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood from the 1930s until the early 1950s.2. Conventions of narrative, camerawork, and editing ...
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 ...
climax

climax  

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1. A moment in a narrative when the conflict and tension peak for the audience. Often synonymous with crisis.2. The third phase of dramatic structure in Freytag's pyramid.3. Climax order: a ...
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 ...
closure

closure  

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1. A satisfying sense of completion or completeness.2. A defining feature of a narrative that resolves all of the issues in a ‘proper ending’. See narrative closure.3. The processes by which a text ...
cognitive film theory

cognitive film theory  

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*Hypotheses about the (unconscious) mental processes involved in making sense of film and television codes and conventions (not to be confused with psychoanalytic theory). Cognitive film theorists ...
competence

competence  

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The term established by the American linguist Noam Chomsky to denote that unconscious store of linguistic knowledge which enables us to speak and understand our first language properly without having ...
conflict

conflict  

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The condition in which motivations urge an animal to perform more than one activity at a time. Conflict may lead to one motivation becoming dominant; or to unresolved, ambivalent behaviour; or to ...
continuity editing

continuity editing  

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In film and video post-production, a technique of removing moments of redundancy in a moving image while still presenting the illusion of the continuous passing of time. This is achieved in three ...
convention

convention  

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1. (social convention) An established understanding, standard practice, rule, or expectation widely shared by members of a culture or subculture: often implicit, taken for granted, and experienced as ...

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