Izetan Todorov

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Todorov was a Bulgarian structuralism linguist publishing influential work on narrative from the 1960’s onwards. He suggested that stories begin with an equilibrium or status quo where any potential opposing forces are in balance. 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. Todorov suggested that conventional narratives are structures in five stages:

a state of equilibrium at the outset

a disruption of the equilibrium by some action

a recognition that there have been a disruption

an attempt to repair the disruption

a reinstatement of the equilibrium

This type of narrative structure is very familiar to us and can be applied to many ‘mainstream’ film narratives.



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