Note: I am doing research on the use (misuse?) of the mot du jour "narrative," in the past most associated with literature but now frequently proposed by inside-the-beltway international affairs "strategists" and military experts as a mental tool to be used in the ideological combat against foreign forces hostile to the United States.
A preliminary, very general conclusion from my looking at the below quotations:
"Narrative" is seen by the above-mentioned experts in the way devout, fundamentalist Christians consider parables as a way to present eternal truths to the ignorant and unconverted; or, if seen from a more secular perspective, as comforting/curing therapy -- by providing an intellectual/emotional organizing framework -- to overcome our own phobias/the psychosis of our enemies, and more generally to surpass the anguish and disorder of the human condition in certain parts of the world -- and of our own minds(highlighted in green).
But the notion of "narrative" -- as a path to the truth of existence, as an artistic method that reflects "reality," or as a cure for the incertitudes of life (including, one may infer, in international affairs) -- has its critics, as quotations highlighted in blue suggest.
"Quotes About Narrative," goodreads.com