Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

SubStance

Publication Date

1993

Volume

22

Issue

2/3

First Page

98

Last Page

112

Abstract

People often ask each other “what happens” in a novel or film, and they are inclined to think that some answers are better than others. Some claims about what happens in a story are deemed inaccurate or false, while others are the object of a fairly widespread consensus. The fact that a statement about a narrative discourse is deemed accurate does not mean that it will or should be accepted as an adequate statement about the story told in the discourse. If someone asks me what just happened in a movie, even the most prefect description of the cuts and camera angles will be deemed irrelevant.

DOI

10.2307/3685273

Print ISSN

00492426

E-ISSN

15272095

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Copyright © 1993 University of Wisconsin Press

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Recommended Citation

Livingston, P. (1993). What's the story? SubStance, 22(2/3), 98-112. doi: 10.2307/3685273