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The kinds of narratives that are self-contained and have a sense of structural (and arguably ideological) closure. The British cultural theorist Anthony Easthope (1939–99) argues that the masculine ego favours such forms: ‘masculine’ narrative form favours action over dialogue and avoids indeterminacy to arrive at resolution; it is linear and goal-oriented. See also narrative closure; open and closed texts; compare open forms.

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