Framing in Oral Narrative

  title={Framing in Oral Narrative},
  author={Lee Haring},
  journal={Marvels \& Tales},
  pages={229 - 245}
  • L. Haring
  • Published 27 August 2004
  • Art
  • Marvels & Tales
What is the device of framing, in narratives, but a formal stylization of people's annoying habit of interrupting their discourses and switching messages? The device, for which the Thousand and One Nights is famous, is used by narrative artists everywhere, though most favored in stratified societies. Modes of criticism and commentary also function as frames, for interpretive purposes. The varieties of framing—frame stories, opening and closing formulas, the "runs" of Irish storytellers… 
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