The Practice of Narrative: Storytelling in a Global Context

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The Practice of Narrative: Storytelling in a Global Context


Edited by Michael Heitkemper-Yates and Ana Penjak

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

Through an array of critical, pedagogical, and professional approaches to the art of storytelling, this volume presents a global context for the comprehension and appreciation of the practice of narrative.

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Story can have a power and presence that stretches beyond the vast, unspeakable boundaries of time and space; and yet story can also have a delicate impermanence that lasts no longer than a moment before it flashes back into the void. Some stories can bring people together; other stories can tear entire civilisations apart. Stories express and enliven experience; stories project and describe the desires and anxieties of existence. Stories can be narrated through written word and physical gesture, through graphic illustration and musical orchestration, through the spatial dynamics of architecture and the abstract poetics of conjecture. For these and myriad other reasons, storytelling and narrative are central to humanity, and the study of these practices is central to an understanding of what it means to be human. In this volume, the many narrative dimensions, media, and critical approaches to storytelling are explored with the common intention of comprehending and appreciating the global role that story plays in the articulation of human experience.

Introduction: Storytelling and the Practice of Narrative
Michael Heitkemper-Yates and Ana Penjak

Part I Teaching and Learning through the Act of Storytelling

Storytelling in the Curriculum
Sonia Zivkovic

From the Inside: Reviving Stories as Life-Shaping, World-Shaping, Self-Shaping Experiences
Phyllis Hastings

Bilingual Sentences in Bilingual Stories: Translanguaged Stories in the Multilingual Classroom
Eleanor Foster

‘Vladimir, Be Reasonable; You Haven’t Tried Everything’: Is Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot a Parable of Modern Academic Life?
Kathy McKay

Part II Storytelling across Space, Place and Experience

Stories of Challenge – Stories of Change: Why Do Older People Tell Their Personal Accounts of the Northern Ireland Conflict?
Sinéad McShane

We Are from the Same Buddhist Community
Naraset Pisitpanporn

The Ambiences of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival as Storytellers
Ana Penjak

Part III The Narration of Character, Author and Text

Multiple Voice / Multiple Choice: Non-Linearity and the Fracturing of Identity in Robert Coover’s
Pricksongs & Descants
Michael Heitkemper-Yates

The Re/birth of the Storyteller in Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life
Nishevita Jayendran

Sookie the Zen Master: How American Heroines Became Enlightened
Shunichi Ueno

Part IV Visual Representation and the Embodiment of Story

Are There Stories Hidden behind Hormonal Spaces and X-Ray Photographs? Around Narratives in Biometrics-based New Media Art
Ewelina Twardoch

Tales of Trauma Told through Stiches
Leslie Anne Boldt

Storytelling as Visual Narrative Representations in Art Therapy
Ruth Harpaz

Part V Narrative Structure and Narrative Cognition

How a Story is Born: A Narratology of Babytalk
Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk

Can a Symphony be a Story? Music in the Context of Cognitive Narratology
Joanna Barska

The Symbolism of Passage in Architecture
Katarzyna Witasiak

Michael Heitkemper-Yates, PhD, is Professor of British and American literature at the College of Arts, Rikkyo University, Japan. He teaches courses in contemporary American literature, fiction writing, narrative theory, and has published widely in the areas of visual literacy, narrative irony and metafiction.

Ana Penjak, PhD, is Professor of English and Italian language and literature within the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Croatia. Her professional and academic interests are focused around the image of female body, gender (in)equality issues and the study of identity as it is mirrored through language.