Not Ever Absent: Storytelling in Arts, Culture and Identity Formation


Not Ever Absent: Storytelling in Arts, Culture and Identity Formation


In twenty-five chapters, different forms of storytelling and narrative are analysed, as is the use of storytelling as a method for e.g. counselling, education and research.

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Storytelling has always played a central role in the formation of cultures and communities. All cultures define themselves and their place in the world through their stories. Similarly, our identities are largely constructed as narratives, and it is with the aid of storytelling that we manage to conceive of ourselves – our selves – as meaningful wholes. Thus, storytelling is not ever absent: it is to be found in literature, social life, in the places we visit and the buildings we live in.

This volume presents storytelling in various appearances: from ancient myths and oral history, to transmedia narratives and digital stories. Different forms of narrative are analysed, as is the use of storytelling as a method for e.g. counselling, education and research. Throughout twenty-five chapters, a compelling overview of recent research on the topic is provided, both stressing the omnipresence of storytelling and exploring what storytelling is and isn’t.

Introduction: Defining Storytelling
Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar and Nicole Kavner Miller

Part I Understanding Collective and Cultural Histories

Giving Voice: An Investigation of Women’s Stories in South Africa as Told by First Year Students of English
Alicia van der Spuy and Lynn Wood

Constructing the Self and the Collective at School through Stories: Plurilingual Theatrical Expression Workshops for Immigrant Adolescent Students in Canada
Caroline Beauregard

Telling Stories of Migration: Individual Narratives of Departing and Returning
Alexandra Deliu

Women’s Life Writings from a ‘No Wo/Man’s Land’: Northern Cyprus
Özlem Ezer

Using Personal Narratives to Interrogate and Understand History
Nyasha M. Guramatunhu Cooper

From ‘Cavalier’ to ‘Traitor’: Unmasking the Hero in Two Anglo-Boer War Feature Films
Anne-Marie Jansen van Vuuren

Depicting the Traumatic Past: Museums as Narrative Devices
Wanda Verster

Reconstructing History through Oral Narratives: Case Study of Shimla Hills
Vikram Bhardwaj

Part II Understanding Ourselves

Stories about Strengths
Lisl Foss

Storytelling as a Tool for Student Career Counselling
Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar and Krina Huisman

Emma Frances O’Connor: From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopaedia
Emma Frances O’Connor

Autobiographical Literacy Narratives
Ana Lúcia de Campos Almeida

Focusing the ‘Poiéo’ in Literacy Stories
Paolo Roberto Almeida

A Multiple Analyses Approach for Narrative Sociology of Everyday Life
Floor Basten

Life Is but a Story: A Depth Psychological, Religious, Philosophical, and Pop Cultural Perspective
Nicole Kavner Miller

Part III Storytelling in the Arts and Media

Echoes of ‘Biography’: Roger Laporte after Moriendo
Hanako Takayama

‘Broken, Rusty, Charismatic’: The Transmedial Destiny of Found Objects in the Artwork of Penny Hallas
Stephen C. Kenyon

The Storytelling in Architecture: A Proposal to Read and to Write Spaces
Carla Molinari and Stefano Bigiotti

Archetypes and Myths: The Hidden Power of Advertising Storytelling
Mǎdǎlina Moraru

Cultural Heritage, Transmedia Narrative and a Sense of Place
Maria Cristina Paganoni

Transmedia Storytelling Meets Tourism: The TravelPlot Porto Case Study
Soraia Ferreira, Artur Pimenta Alves and Célia Quico

‘The Genre Is the Message’, or about Genres of New Media Narratives
Vilmantė Liubinienė and Saulius Keturakis

Digital Storytelling Landscape
Nina Dvorko

Players as Authors: Transmedia Experiences in the Era of Secondary Orality
Richard Wirth

Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in Literature and New Media and an associate fellow of the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (University of Groningen). His current research focuses on the intercultural transmission of culture and the uses of life writing in different fields of practice.

Nicole Kavner Miller, Ph.D., is Adjunct Faculty in Classics and Humanities at Montclair State University. Her current research focuses on the intersection between personal and socio-cultural mythology and various perspectives on the nature of reality. She is the author of The Mirrors of Narcissus, a farcical mythic novel about the nature of redemption.