Narrative as Social Practice: anglo-Western and Australian Aboriginal Oral Traditions(Language, Power, and Social Process Series)

Narrative as Social Practice: anglo-Western and Australian Aboriginal Oral Traditions(Language, Power, and Social Process Series)

by Daniele M. Klapproth
     
 

This is a highly original comparative study of the oral storytelling traditions of two widely divergent cultures, Anglo-Western culture and Central Australian Aboriginal culture. Concerned with both theoretical and empirical issues, this book offers a critical discussion of the most influential theories of narrative. It evaluates them on the basis of textual

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This is a highly original comparative study of the oral storytelling traditions of two widely divergent cultures, Anglo-Western culture and Central Australian Aboriginal culture. Concerned with both theoretical and empirical issues, this book offers a critical discussion of the most influential theories of narrative. It evaluates them on the basis of textual analyses of Anglo-Western and Australian Aboriginal oral narratives, viewed in the context of the different storytelling practices, values and worldviews in both cultures. The book offers new insights to readers interested in linguistics, narratology, discourse analysis, cross-cultural pragmatics, anthropology, and Australian Aboriginal studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110181364
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Language, Power and Social Process [LPSP] Series, #13
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction1
Pt. 1In the web of the wor(l)d : the narrative structuring of experience
Ch. 2Creating webs of significance : the role of narrative in the socio-cultural construction of reality33
Ch. 3The narrative sharing of worlds : storytelling as communicative interaction87
Ch. 4Exploring the structure of narrated worlds : the search for story schemata137
Pt. 2Storytelling as social practice : a cross-cultural perspective
Ch. 5The beautiful and the beastly : cultural specifics of Anglo-Western narrative aesthetics165
Ch. 6Always keeping track : text building strategies in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara storytelling219
Ch. 7Holding the world in place : the interrelatedness of story, practice, and culture309
Ch. 8Conclusions and implications379

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