Storying Humanity: Narratives of Culture and Society

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Storying Humanity: Narratives of Culture and Society


Edited by Richard Wirth, Dario Serrati and Katarzyna Macedulska

Year: 2015

Format: eBook (pdf)

This collection of scholarly chapters explores the nature of storytelling in cultures across the globe, analyzing their form and function in our interconnected, modern world.

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Since time immemorial, storytelling has held a critical place in the heart of human identity. Whether for entertainment, education, artistry, or even survival, storytelling has served as an integral tool for expression and existence in every society and civilization across the globe. Our world has never been more connected, with stories of our past available at the touch of a key, and the ever-advancing present unfolding through personal experiences that are instantaneously narrated online. Through stories, we may gain perspective into the histories, cultures, and experiences of remote places and peoples, achieve greater understanding of complex social issues and closed-off societies, or add to the collective global narrative through blogging and social media. This collection presents the reader with multicultural and interdisciplinary academic insight into the ability for storytelling to illuminate our world and narrativize humanity.

Richard Wirth, Dario Serrati and Katarzyna Macedulska

Part I Storytelling around the Globe

‘Johnny I Want My Liver Back’: Revisiting a Teenage Folktale in the Digital Age
Michael Wilson

Lions and Tigers: Tales, Fables, and Androgynous Manliness
Elsie Cloete

It’s All About the Story: ‘The Making of Away’ and the Telling of a Cinematic Story
Margaret McVeigh

Storytelling in Academia: An Ethiopian Narrative Journey into the Expository Text
Ilana Shiloh and Monica Broido

Storytelling of Violence in Japanese Pop Culture
Shunichi Ueno

Storytelling as a Method of Fostering Creativity in Architectural Design Education
Susan Habib

Female Role in Sicilian Cosa Nostra Community
Dario Serrati

Part II The Form and Function of a Story

Juggling Time Concepts: Complex Meta-Narrative
Fátima Chinita

Two Summers: What We Talk about When We Talk about Film
Carlo Comanducci

Counselling and Type Hierarchy: A Possible Tool to Analyse Metaphors
Barbara Gabriella Renzi

Rhetorical Functions and Ethics
Hanne Smith Pedersen

Telling the Story of a Name: New World Stories of Liquid Cartographies
Adel Sliti

The Mystical Element in Yeats’s Characterization of Owen Aherne and Michael Robartes: The Cosmopolitan Longing for Unity in Diversity
Faisal Al-Doori

Part III New Media Narrativism

Bardic Systems: Post-Literary Experiences in Gaming
Richard Wirth

Creating the Community Narrative: How an Australian Citizen Journalism Program Uses New Media Technologies and Participatory Collaboration to Tell Stories from the Grass Roots
Elizabeth L. Heck

Teens as Consumers: A Product Placement Example from Turkey
Beris Artan Özoran

Tropical Narratives in a Digital Realm: Locative Literature and Writing Communities in North Queensland
Ariella Van Luyn

‘Once Upon a Lager’: Transforming a Batch Process into the ‘Hero’s Journey’ Story Structure
Anna-Marie Jansen van Vuuren and Jane D. Stamp

Virtual Tourism Discourse through Narrative and Imagery
Sona Gulyan

Part IV Personal Stories and Performance

Unveiled: Nuns’ Stories Reveal the Power of the ‘Call’ on a Feminist Consciousness
Claudia Cassidy-Bennett

Other Lives and Times in the Palace of Memory: Storytelling Space and Immersive Performance
Deidre Denise Matthee and Inês de Carvalho

‘Our Story’: Alzheimer’s and a Patient/Caregiver Auto/Biography
Barbara L. Ciccarelli


Richard Wirth is a media studies scholar at the University of Texas at Dallas, studying self-representation, empathy, and prosocial behavior.

Dario Serrati is a Post-Graduate student with the London South Bank University. While interested in the socio-criminological aspects that lie within the Society, currently his research and writing is devoted to unveiling the female figure in the Cosa Nostra (mafia) community.

Katarzyna Macedulska, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Her work on this volume was enabled by the grant PRO-012/05/B/HS2/04004 from the National Science Center, Poland.