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  1. “Discourse” is about what is being said (context), “narrative” is about what is being said (content).

    “Discourse” refers more to a situation in which something is being told (spoken, written): the position of the speakers, their interests, goals, and manner of expression. “Narrative” refers to the content of the story: the plot, characters, and relationships between them. Accordingly, discourse analysis wants to understand the social world in which the participants of the conversation are located, and narrative analysis wants to understand the “narrative world” of the story that the narrators create.

  2. Here it turns out that the discourse is the form, and the narrative is the content, or signifier and signified. There is another understanding: they are related as generic concepts: a narrative is a discourse about a sequence of events, an iterative is a discourse about repetitive phenomena, and so on.

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