Dear Miss Snark,
Warning: This is likely a stupid question.
How do you define "exposition" in a novel?
I understand the awkward, thinly disguised dialogue passage type "As you know, Vanessa, the love song of the Bulgarian tree frog..."
Would short internal monologue, mental observations, flash-backs, or memory passages fall under this dreaded and apparently verboten term?
I think of exposition as telling, in whatever form, not showing. Some is ok, lots is like too much salsa-painful.