Terminology / Theory



Term introduced by the Russian Formalist critics to refer to the chronological sequence of events which make up the raw materials of a story; the term designates the ‘prior’ events that are to be narrated, whether they are fictional or real.

p 231 Narrative: The New Critical Idiom by Paul Cobley (2001)



Cinderella can be told in many different ways, and the details may vary, but the fabula, the bones of the story, remain the same.

p 181 ‘Three Emotional Stories’ in Living, Thinking, Looking by Siri Hustvedt (2012)



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