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Multiperspectivity (sometimes polyperspectivity) is a characteristic of narration or representation, where more than one perspective is represented to the audience.[1]

Most frequently the term is applied to fiction which employs multiple narrators, often in opposition to each-other or to illuminate different elements of a plot,[1] creating what is sometimes called a multiple narrative,[2][3] or multi-narrative.[4]

However, a similar concept is applied to historical process, in which multiple different perspectives are used to evaluate events.[5] Educators have extended the concept and term to apply to techniques used to teach multiple disciplines, including social sciences, like economics and civics,[6] and physical education.[7]

See also

  • Mosaic novel - a genre of novel employing multiperspectivity


  1. ^ a b Hartner, Marcus. "Multiperspectivity". The Living Handbook of Narratology. University of Hamburg. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  2. ^ Magher, Maria. "What Is a Multiple Narrative?". Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  3. ^ Hassler-Forest, Dan. "Multiple Narrative Structures in Contemporary Cinema". 
  4. ^ "Same Difference: Humanity as Allegory in the Multi-Narrative Film". 2014-02-02. 
  5. ^ "Multiperspectivity: What Is It, and Why Use It? |". Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  6. ^ Weber, Birgit (2016-02-26). "Multiperspectivity, Values and Criticism in Economic and Civic Education". JSSE - Journal of Social Science Education. 14 (4). doi:10.2390/jsse-v14-i4-1510. ISSN 1618-5293. 
  7. ^ Krüger, Arnd (2012-10-29). "Multiperspectivity as a basis of current German physical education". Movement & Sport Sciences (78): 11–23. doi:10.1051/sm/2012020. ISSN 2118-5735. 
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