Stories, Narratives, and Narrativity

Moshe Simon-Shoshan

in Stories of the Law

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199773732
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933129 | DOI:
Stories, Narratives, and Narrativity

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This chapter presents a new method for defining the terms “story” “narrative” and “narrativity” and the relationship between them. “Narrativity” refers to a set of characteristics that are possessed to some degree in many texts. Narrativity is defined by two sub-sets of characteristics, “specificity,” which refers to the extent to which a text focuses on a particular time or place, a unique event or individual people or objects and “dynamism” which refers to the extent to which a text portrays transition and change. By using these criteria we can chart the relationship between various texts on the basis of their relative narrative. The terms “narrative” and “story” each refer to texts that possess a certain pre-defined critical mass of narrativity.

Keywords: story; narrative; narrativity; specificity; dynamism

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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