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Key Idea: Narrative Character

In the research studies conducted in the past decade patternings of narrative character have emerged. Far from there being a monolithic and singular form of narrative or an infinite range of unique and idiosyncratic narratives. There are in fact discernible clusters of narrative character. These can be grouped into four main types:

  • Focussed elaborators
  • Scripted describers
  • Armchair Elaborators
  • Multiple Describers


Goodson, I.F (2012) Developing Narrative Theory: life histories and personal representation. London and New York: Routledge.