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Introduction: Description, Narration, and Reflection

16.1 Description and Narration Vocabulary

Vocab Words Definitions
Narration A rhetorical mode involving the construction and relation of stories. Typically integrates description as a technique.
Reflection A rhetorical gesture by which an author looks back, through the diegetic gap, to demonstrate knowledge or understanding gained from the subject on which they are reflecting. May also include consideration of the impact of that past subject on the author’s future—“Looking back in order to look forward.”
Rhetorical Situation The circumstances in which rhetoric is produced, understood using the constituent elements of subject, occasion, audience, and purpose. Each element of the rhetorical situation carries assumptions and imperatives about the kind of rhetoric that will be well received. Rhetorical situation will also influence mode and medium.

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