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The Mess InsideNarrative, Emotion, and the Mind$
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Peter Goldie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230730.001.0001

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Narrative Thinking

Narrative Thinking

(p.1) 1 Narrative Thinking
The Mess Inside

Peter Goldie

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 introduces the notion of narrative and narrative structure. It argues that narratives need not be publicly narrated, but can be just thought through in acts of narrative thinking. Chapter 1 also introduces the notion of perspective, grasp of which is essential to a proper grasp of narratives and their meaning. A perspective can be internal to a narrative, being the perspective of a ‘character’ in the narrative, or the perspective can be external to the narrative, being the perspective of, for example, the narrator or the audience. These perspectives can, of course, diverge.

Keywords:   narrative, narrative structure, narrator, perspective, character, meaning

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