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Todorov’s Narrative Theory


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This is for my AS Media Coursework and it explains a narrative theory.

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Todorov’s Narrative Theory

  1. 1. Todorov’s Narrative Theory By Georgia St Louis AS Media
  2. 2. <ul><li>Izetan Todorov was a Bulgarian structuralist linguist publishing influential work on narrative from the 1960s onwards) Todorov suggested that stories begin with an equilibrium or status quo where any potentially opposing forces are in balance. </li></ul><ul><li>This is disrupted by some event, setting in chain a series of events. Problems are solved so that order can be restored to the world of the fiction. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Todorov suggested that conventional narratives are structured in five stages: </li></ul><ul><li>A state of equilibrium at the outset. </li></ul><ul><li>A disruption of the equilibrium by some action. </li></ul><ul><li>A recognition that there has been a disruption. </li></ul><ul><li>An attempt to repair the disruption. </li></ul><ul><li>A reinstatement of the equilibrium. </li></ul><ul><li>This type of narrative structure is very familiar to us and can be applied to many ‘mainstream’ film narratives. </li></ul>