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

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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.

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"This book is a useful reference for those who are interested in the theoretical and methodological issues in contrastive study of narrative, and particulary for those who carry out research into the linguistic and cultural pratices of Australian Aborigines."Judy Woon Yee Ho in: Discourse & Society 2/2006
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Danièle M. Klapproth is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 In the web of the wor(l)d : the narrative structuring of experience
Ch. 2 Creating webs of significance : the role of narrative in the socio-cultural construction of reality 33
Ch. 3 The narrative sharing of worlds : storytelling as communicative interaction 87
Ch. 4 Exploring the structure of narrated worlds : the search for story schemata 137
Pt. 2 Storytelling as social practice : a cross-cultural perspective
Ch. 5 The beautiful and the beastly : cultural specifics of Anglo-Western narrative aesthetics 165
Ch. 6 Always keeping track : text building strategies in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara storytelling 219
Ch. 7 Holding the world in place : the interrelatedness of story, practice, and culture 309
Ch. 8 Conclusions and implications 379
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