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properties of narrative – plot

March 18, 2011

Jerome Bruner writes that one of the properties of narrative, “perhaps its principal property is its inherent sequentiality: a narrative is composed of a unique sequence of events, mental states, happenings involving human beings as characters or actors.  These are its constituents.  But these constituents do not, as it were, have a life or meaning of their own.  Their meaning is given by their place in the overall configuration of the sequence as a whole – its plot….”[1]

[1] (my emphasis) 43 Jerome Bruner folk psychology as an instrument of culture.

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