Re: [xmca] Narrative introducing of

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Wed Jan 03 2007 - 15:54:13 PST

Too many elusive allusions in the Bruner book for my students, David, but I
agree it is interesting. There is a lot of interesting stuff on
autobiographical memory and narrative, but it tends to have a strong set of
presuppositions about concern with psychology which overlaps with, but does
not encompass, communication,
which is the department the course is taught in.
On 1/3/07, David Preiss <> wrote:
> Have you seen the last book by Bruner entitled Making Stories. It is
> short, readable and a very good introduction.If not there is a volume
> entitled autobiographical memory and the construction of a narrative self by
> Fivush at LEA that might suit your needs.
> On Jan 3, 2007, at 8:21 PM, Mike Cole wrote:
> Hi All-- I have pestered people on this list a lot to get a way to
> introduce
> students BRIEFLY to writing about narrative for a Comm class (not a psych
> or education class). I have found the bruner "two kinds of thought"
> article
> too dense for my students once JSB moves from his sketch of paradigmatic
> thought into narrative because the allusions and references are too
> arcane.
> But I have come across H. P. Abbot, The cambridge introduction to
> narrative
> which has an excellent set of intro chapters that are brief and more or
> less
> readable. The rest of the book looks interesting but I go in a different
> direction
> in the course so can't say how others might use it.
> Thanks for your patience.
> Fyi
> mike
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