I'm struggling to identify established terms for analyzing non-linear narratives.
If the narrative chronology is the order in which events are narrated, what is the standard term for the "internal" chronology of the fiction itself?
And to which of the two "chronologies" should we seek to apply the standard structural patterns like e.g. Freytag's pyramid?
For example, in Hamlet, the event that arguably kicks off the whole sordid tale is when Claudius murders the king, but the actual narrative starts in media res with the appearance of the king's ghost. Sources disagree on which of the two events is the "inciting incident".
Non-linear narratives date back millennia, can it really be true that we're still struggling with the terminology?