Narrative Theory.

(Barthes 1966:14) said that there has never existed a people without narrative.

A narrative is:


a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true orfictitious.

a book, literary work, etc., containing such a story.

the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story:

Somerset Maugham was a master of narrative.

consisting of or being a narrative:

a narrative poem.

of or relating tonarration, or the telling of a story:

My English teacher’s narrative skill makes characters seem to come tolife.

Fine Arts. representing stories or events pictorially or sculpturally:

narrative painting.
A narrative environment is a space, whether physical or virtual, in which stories can unfold (in other words, anyplace). A virtual narrative environment might be the narrative framework in which game play can proceed. A physical narrative environment might be an exhibition area within a museum, or a foyer of a retail space, or the public spaces around a building – anywhere in short where stories can be told in space.
On November 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam by Margaret Bourke-White. Life was an overwhelming success in its first year of publication. Almost overnight, it changed the way people looked at the world by changing the way people could look at the world. Its flourish of images painted vivid pictures in the public mind, capturing the personal and the public, and putting it on display for the world to take in. At its peak, Life had a circulation of over 8 million and it exerted considerable influence on American life in the beginning and middle of the 20th century.
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Narrative structure.
Freytag said that most narratives follow a simple structure/ sequence.
A Life Told with ID Photos.
Ali Mobasser told a story using her Aunt’s old passport photos. It is a very simple series, yet says so much.

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