Terminology / Theory

Fabula

Fabula:

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)

 

Fabula:

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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