chapter  10
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Narrative and closure

The last chapter looked at some of the ways in which language was important in texts and in understanding the world. But we also use stories to order the world, and, of course, story – or, more technically, narrative – is what literary texts are made of. A lot of newer approaches to literature draw heavily upon questions of language and meaning, as discussed in the previous chapter. However, there is also a great deal of work done on the way we use narrative to order and give meaning to our world(s). Studying English means engaging with and understanding narrative.