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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Story / discourse:

Formalist, structuralist, and semiotic terms used to distinguish the "actual" chronological sequences of events in a work of fiction (story) from the order and manner in which those events are presented to the reader (discourse). (See also Formalism.)

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