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Related: fragmentation - random - interactive fiction

Used as a literary technique in: modernism - postmodernism

Contrast: linearity - sequential


Not in a straight line. --AHD

Nonlinearity in the arts

In the arts, the word nonlinear is used to describe events portrayed in a non-chronological manner. This technique is often used to mimic the structure and recall of human memory, but it has been applied for other reasons as well. Nonlinearity is very common in film. Some good examples of movies with nonlinear plotlines include Memento, Pulp Fiction and Run Lola Run. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonlinear_%28arts%29 [Jul 2006]

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