Union of Intersections

Robert Scholes’s opening sentence to “Afterthoughts on Narrative” from Critical Inquiry autumn 1980 is worth working through again on a May Day and any day:

Narrative is a place where sequence and language, among other things intersect to form a discursive code.

Narrative has other purposes. One of them being the generation of noise. Another the inducement of forgetting.

Narrative is sometimes taken to be story, sometimes plot. The term slips between the telling and the told. It is with precision that one arrives at thinking about narrative as being about placement and narration about placing.

And so for day 138

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