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Narrative and Non-Narrative Traditions
Raja Mohanty
Keywordsarithmetic sum of the data. A non-narrative, on the Narrative, Non-narrative, Figurative, Abstract, Designother hand is again a set of inputs and data that refuse Methods toadd themselves up to some obvious totality, but nevertheless have a capacity to point to unspeakable Summaryinfinites. In this first part of this essay I shall attempt to throw some light on narrative and non-narrative traditions; inIn a terminology used in art, the figurative work of art the subsequent part I shall briefly examine the implica-suggests the use of identifiable objects and figures; tions that these traditions can have on design methods.whereas an abstract work of art offers no recognizable A narrative is a set of facts / ideas / pieces of informationclues about its content. Semioticians such as Barthes that follow one another in such a manner that whenand Kristeva have spoken of the meaning of signs and 20these bits and pieces of data are viewed together, theyhow signs comprise of the signifier and the signified. conjure up a totality that is quite different from theBoth narrative and non-narrative traditions are based
Depiction of the Buddha in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and the same in the Hinayana Buddhist tradition.
DesignThoughtsJanuary 2009