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Stories of the LawNarrative Discourse and the Construction of Authority in the Mishnah$
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Moshe Simon-Shoshan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199773732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773732.001.0001

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Stories, Narratives, and Narrativity

Stories, Narratives, and Narrativity

(p.15) 2 Stories, Narratives, and Narrativity
Stories of the Law

Moshe Simon-Shoshan

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a new method for defining the terms “story” “narrative” and “narrativity” and the relationship between them. “Narrativity” refers to a set of characteristics that are possessed to some degree in many texts. Narrativity is defined by two sub-sets of characteristics, “specificity,” which refers to the extent to which a text focuses on a particular time or place, a unique event or individual people or objects and “dynamism” which refers to the extent to which a text portrays transition and change. By using these criteria we can chart the relationship between various texts on the basis of their relative narrative. The terms “narrative” and “story” each refer to texts that possess a certain pre-defined critical mass of narrativity.

Keywords:   story, narrative, narrativity, specificity, dynamism

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