If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?: Finding Common Ground / Edition 1

If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?: Finding Common Ground / Edition 1

by J. Edward Chamberlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0676974929

ISBN-13: 9780676974928

Pub. Date: 08/03/2004

Publisher: Knopf Canada

“We need to understand our stories because our lives depend upon it.” — Ted Chamberlin

The stories we tell each other reflect and shape our deepest feelings. Stories help us live our lives — and are at the heart of our current conflicts. We love and hate because of them; we make homes for ourselves and drive others out on the basis of

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“We need to understand our stories because our lives depend upon it.” — Ted Chamberlin

The stories we tell each other reflect and shape our deepest feelings. Stories help us live our lives — and are at the heart of our current conflicts. We love and hate because of them; we make homes for ourselves and drive others out on the basis of ancient tales. As Ted Chamberlin vividly reveals, we are both connected by them and separated by their different truths. Whether Jew or Arab, black or white, Muslim or Christian, Catholic or Protestant, man or woman, our stories hold us in thrall and hold others at bay.

Like the work of Joseph Campbell and Bruce Chatwin, this vital, engrossing book offers a new way to understand the hold that stories and songs have on us, and a new sense of the urgency of doing so. Drawing on his own experience in many fields — as scholar and storyteller, witness among native peoples and across cultures — Ted Chamberlin takes us on a journey through the tales of different peoples, from North America to Africa and Jamaica.

Beautifully written, with insight and deep understanding, If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? examines why it is now more important than ever to attend to what others are saying in their stories and myths — and what we are saying about ourselves. Only then will we understand why they have such power over us.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780676974928
Publisher:
Knopf Canada
Publication date:
08/03/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part i: Them and Us
One: Babblers
Two: Doodlers
Three: There Goes the Neighbourhood
Part Ii: Losing It
Four: There's No Place Like Home
Five: Gaelic Is Dead
Part IIi: Reality and the Imagination
Six: To Be or Not to Be
Seven: Truth and Consequences
Part Iv: Riddles and Charms
Eight: Riddles
Nine: Charms
Part v: Ceremonies of Belief
Ten: Beyond Conflict
Eleven: Ceremonies
Notes
Permissions
Acknowledgments
Index

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