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frame story

n.
A narrative introducing or containing one or more other narratives that are the primary focus of the work as a whole.
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A danger in such collections (especially ones with such a large number of contributors) is that the book would feel disjointed, but instead the framing narrative of a life's journey holds it all together beautifully --even the choice of light (dawn accompanies the early shots, through bright day and on into night as the elephants age and the book draws to a close) works as well as any video documentary.
The flattest shard of the film, the doc-like framing narrative, is taken up with Sokurov's efforts to have a Skype chat with Dirk, the captain of a container ship.
Several pictorial details suggest the connection between the framing narrative of the man's story and the framed narrative of the little boy's story in the Chinese version of The Moon.
The story about young Rupert, the son of a local parchment maker, is an imagined framing narrative, but the amazing origin of the Magna Carta itself--a document originally created to settle differences between warring factions and King John, as well as safeguard the liberties of free men in England--is accurate.
We have entered a new era in which science has replaced religion as the framing narrative of human life.
The imagined oral audience with its sequence of taletellers in the framing narrative of The Canterbury Tales remains caught in an endless cycle of performance.
Because of the size of the television screen and its common location in the living room, because of the single-camera format of the time, because of the delay between shooting and broadcast that forced the decontextualization of daily footage, and yet because of the much greater flow of footage coming from the front than during WWII, news coverage of the Vietnam War systematically, if frantically, destabilized the visual icon of the soldier-hero, stripping away his framing narrative of courage and victory and leaving in his place the desultory and yet dangerous Vietvet, wielding weaponry far more powerful than the Guns of Navarone.
What is most "radical" about this edition, Hussey acknowledges, is his decision not to use italics to distinguish the words of the pageant from those of the framing narrative, as per Leonard's instructions to the printer.
The framing narrative, recounted by the student, respects the overriding values of the realist tradition and center-stages the toil and subsistence of working class characters.
A religiously significant belief that God exists is a by-product of adopting a perceptual framing narrative which presupposes God's existence.
"And yet, I'm suspicious of his framing narrative. It seems to me that two kinds of solidarity bled into each other in the immediate aftermath of 9/ll.
Readers ought to appreciate this directness, even if it makes one wonder if a book about framing narratives is inevitably another framing narrative itself.