Telling Stories: Language, Narrative, and Social Life

Telling Stories: Language, Narrative, and Social Life

by Deborah Schiffrin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589016297

ISBN-13: 9781589016293

Pub. Date: 03/09/2010

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

Narratives are fundamental to our lives: we dream, plan, complain, endorse, entertain, teach, learn, and reminisce through telling stories. They provide hopes, enhance or mitigate disappointments, challenge or support moral order and test out theories of the world at both personal and communal levels. It is because of this deep embedding of narrative in

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Narratives are fundamental to our lives: we dream, plan, complain, endorse, entertain, teach, learn, and reminisce through telling stories. They provide hopes, enhance or mitigate disappointments, challenge or support moral order and test out theories of the world at both personal and communal levels. It is because of this deep embedding of narrative in everyday life that its study has become a wide research field including disciplines as diverse as linguistics, literary theory, folklore, clinical psychology, cognitive and developmental psychology, anthropology, sociology, and history.

In Telling Stories leading scholars illustrate how narratives build bridges among language, identity, interaction, society, and culture; and they investigate various settings such as therapeutic and medical encounters, educational environments, politics, media, marketing, and public relations. They analyze a variety of topics from the narrative construction of self and identity to the telling of stories in different media and the roles that small and big life stories play in everyday social interactions and institutions. These new reflections on the theory and analysis of narrative offer the latest tools to researchers in the fields of discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589016293
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Series:
Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics Series
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Deborah Schiffrin Anna De Fina 1

Chapter 1 Where Should I Begin? William Labov 7

Chapter 2 The Remediation of Storytelling: Narrative Performance on Early Commercial Sound Recordings Richard Bauman 23

Chapter 3 Narrative, Culture, and Mind Jerome Burner 45

Chapter 4 Positioning as a Metagrammar for Discursive Story Lines Rom Harré 51

Chapter 5 “Ay Ay Vienen Estos Juareños”: On the Positioning of Selves through Code Switching by Second-Generation Immigrant College Students Alan D. Hansen Luke Moissinac Cristal Renteria Eliana Razo 57

Chapter 6 A Tripartite Self-Construction Model of Identity Leor Cohen 69

Chapter 7 Narratives of Reputation: Layerings of Social and Spatial Identities Gabriella Modan Amy Shuman 83

Chapter 8 Identity Building through Narratives on a Tulu Call-in TV Show Malavika Shetty 95

Chapter 9 Blank Check for Biography? Openness and Ingenuity in the Management of the “Who-Am-I Question” and What Life Stories Actually May Not Be Good For Michael Bamberg 109

Chapter 10 Reflection and Self-Disclosure from the Small Stories Perspective: A Study of Identity Claims in Interview and Conversational Data Alexandra Georgakopoulou 123

Chapter 11 Negotiating Deviance: Identity, Trajectories, and Norms in a Graffitist's Interview Narrative Jarmila Mildorf 135

Chapter 12 Interaction and Narrative Structure in Dementia Lars Christer Hydén and Linda Örulv 149

Chapter 13 Concurrent and intervening Actions during Storytelling in Family “Ceremonial” Dinners Jenny Mandelbaum 161

Chapier 14 Truth and Authorship in Textual Trajectories Isolda E. Carranza 173

Chapter 15 Legitimation and the Heteroglossic Nature of Closing Arguments Laura Felton Rosulek 181

Chapter 16 Multimodal Storytelling and Identity Construction in Graphic Narratives David Herman 195

Chapter 17 The Role of Style Shifting in the Functions and Purposes of Storytelling: Detective Stories in Anime Fumiko Nazikian 209

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