1. Organizational frameworks for the structural analysis of patterns of form or content in narratives, and from which such narratives are woven: see also narratology.
2. Any of five unifying codes or ‘voices’ to which, according to Barthes, all of the textual signifiers in a (realist) narrative can be analytically assigned as a kind of interpretive network: the cultural code, the hermeneutic code, the proiaretic code, the semic code, and the symbolic code.
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