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Aspects of Narrative | A Critical Vocabulary

Steve Campsall | Sunday October 09, 2011



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  1. Introduction
  2. A Critical Vocabulary
  3. Tips for Improving Exam Grades
  4. Guide to Narrative: Narrative Frameworks
  5. Guide to Narrative: Narrative Concepts
  6. Focalisation and Diegesis
  7. Mimesis
  8. Narrative Forms and Structures
  9. Help with Exam Revision
  10. Analysis of Cousin Kate, poem by Christina Rossetti

To meet your assessment objectives, whatever exam board your school is using, you are asked to use an appropriate critical vocabulary. You’ll find here on this website a comprehensive glossary of terms, all written to help you with you’re a level course. You’ll also find many useful terms in this guide – but below is a selection of the most commonly found terms related to the study of narrative, whether the narrative takes the form of a story, poem or play.

The most important for A Level have been highlighted. Check on the EnglishEdu Glossary / Dictionary of Literary & Linguistic Terms or other internet website such as Wikipedia if you need extra help with any of these. The key thing is to be able to use the terms (and the concepts they represent) fluently in writing of your own so try writing a sentence using a term or two and checking this with your teacher for advice.

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