closure. A term which suggests not simply that texts come to a literal physical close but that their formal design or narrative movement constructs a position for the reader which reinforces a dominant view of the world or ideology. The term has been used especially in accounts of nineteenth- century or so-called 'classic' realism.

narrative closure. The degree to which the ending of a narrative reveals the effects of all the causal events and resolves (or "closes off") all lines of action.