Trope

Trope – The “shape,” the framework for a narrative, how we’re supposed to read it. This is a letter. My friend is telling me this. This is a report on something that really happened. We use “trope” loosely now to mean everything from plot to genre, but strictly trope means this framework. Most stories have no trope, really; they arrive ex nihilo in our hands, objects of pure textuality, pure narrative.

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