Re: SV: [xmca] Narrative

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Tue Jan 09 2007 - 11:15:58 PST


Jay-- Here is a story:
In the beginning was the big bang. Sometime later humans created God in
their image.
the end is in the beginning
and the end is presumably coming.

mike

On 1/9/07, Jay Lemke <jaylemke@umich.edu> wrote:
>
>
> Narrative is truly a protean and mysterious phenomenon!
>
> I know several of the authors Monica recommends
> and admire their work. There is also a deeper
> layer of scholarship on narrative, from the
> classic Propp work on folktales, to Labov's
> discussion of narrative stages, to Greimas'
> theory of actant semiotics. And of course a vast
> literature in literary theory, too. I have
> mostly steered clear of the slippery slopes of
> narrativity, but they can't be avoided. Bruner
> did interesting work on narrative and identity in
> family settings, somewhat like Ochs, but more with a developmental
> perspective.
>
> There are many claims that narrative is a
> cultural universal, and somehow fundamental to
> how humans think. I doubt it has a biological
> basis, so I suspect its universality masks the
> indefiniteness of our definitions of what it is.
> There are definite narrative genres that can be
> well defined (like folktales of various sorts, or
> simple recounts of events), but narrative as such
> is hard to pin down. Maybe there is nothing
> nontrivial that all texts we call narratives have
> in common, just as there probably is no unified
> phenomenon for what we call 'literature' or 'poetry' or 'exposition'.
>
> I once wrote a short piece about the narrative
> underpinnings of scientific discourse, and while
> that was stretching it a bit, it was a useful
> exercise. What may be of greater interest than
> the unities among all narratives are the
> differences in form and function of different
> kinds of narratives (intra- and
> cross-culturally), and the contrasts we create
> between narrative and non-narrative text types.
>
> One suggestion from this line of thinking, and my
> inveterate perversity, is that we keep narrative
> and other textual forms too much segregated in
> education, promoting narrative in the humanities,
> and denigrating it in the natural and social
> sciences. More narrative emphasis in science and
> sociology, less in history and literary analysis
> might be healthier. More hybrid forms in art and
> science. Narrative pulls people in, in just the
> opposite way that de-narrativized scientific and
> academic discourse alienate and push them away.
> But an exclusive emphasis on narrative in
> teaching, say, writing, leaves students
> disempowered with respect to the kinds of writing
> that wield more overt power for their future purposes.
>
> Tell me a story!
>
> Jay.
>
>
> At 08:47 PM 1/7/2007, you wrote:
> >Narrative is a broad phenomenon, defined
> >differently in the humanities and the social
> >sciences. It could be anything from narrative
> >structure and dramaturgy to the role of
> >narrative in identity formation, learning and
> >sense making. I teach a (net- and distance
> >based) course called Digital Storytelling and I
> >try to cover some aspects of it. These are: (1)
> >generally on narrative and digital storytelling,
> >(2) on pedagogy, learning and storytelling, (3)
> >narrating and (cultural) identity (4)
> >multimodality in storytelling. Here are some
> >(English in contrast to Swedish!) texts and volumes I use:
> >
> > Narrative in Teaching, Learning and
> >Research edited by McEwan and K Egan (1995).
> > Egan, K (1995) Teaching as Storytelling!
> > Engel, Susan (2003) My harmless inside
> >heart turned green: children’s narratives and
> >their inner lives. In Narratives of Childhood (Ed. Bert van Oers) 2003.
> > Egan, K (2003) The cognitive tools of
> >children’s imagination. In Narratives of Childhood (Ed. Bert van Oers)
> 2003.
> > Davis, Alan: Co-authoring identity:
> >Digital storytelling in an urban middle school
> >http://thenjournal.org/feature/61/
> > Mc Cabe (1997) Cultural Background and
> >Storytelling: A Review and Implications for Schooling.
> > Lyle, Sue (2000) Narrative
> >understanding: developing a theoretical context
> >for understanding how children make meaning in
> >classroom settings. Journal of Curriculum Studies, Vol. 32, No 1.
> > Ochs, E. & Capps, L. (1996) Narrating
> >the self. American Review of Anthropology, 25, pp. 19-43.
> > Ochs, E. & Capps, L. (2001) Living
> >Narrative: Creating Lives in Everyday
> >Storytelling. MA: Harvard University Press.
> > Kress (2006) Reading Images:
> >Multimodality, Representation and New Media.
> >
> http://www.knowledgepresentation.org/BuildingTheFuture/Kress2/Kress2Quicktime/Kress2Movie.html
> >
> >There is a lot out there, as I said, depending on the purpose
> >-----Ursprungligt meddelande-----
> >Från: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu
> >[mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] För Mike Cole
> >Skickat: den 4 januari 2007 23:27
> >Till: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> >Ämne: Re: [xmca] Narrative
> >
> >Sounds like an interesting book,. Michael, if that is your goal. Teaching
> >Communication students my treatement of narrative is in contrast with
> >montage as an organizing
> >principle and my objects of analysis are two films, each organized along
> >contrasting leading principles. For my purposes, the Abbot book looks
> really
> >useful, and for people
> >who are interested in autobiographical memory as well.
> >mike
> >
> >On 1/4/07, Michael Glassman <MGlassman@ehe.ohio-state.edu> wrote:
> > >
> > > Mike and others that might be interested,
> > >
> > > I have been thinking about a good book to teach undergraduate students
> > > narrative (and even autobiographical memory
> > and the relationship between the
> > > two). I think a really good book is Stephen King's "On Writing". His
> > > writing style is very accessible and many undergraduates already know
> his
> > > work so there are linkages. He writes the
> > book in two parts, the first part
> > > autobiography and the second part the mechanics of narrative, and
> though
> > > most people who use the book don't focus on this, it is one of the
> best
> > > examples of how our autobiographical experiences get turned in to
> > > narrative. (I think a very interesting
> > series of classes would be to read a
> > > book like IT in conjunction and really see the relationship between
> > > autobiography and how it is transformed in to stories that affect us
> all -
> > > from the public - to the private - to the public). And this might get
> > > students interested in more complex psychological issues such as those
> > > raised by Bruner.
> > >
> > > Michael
> > >
> > >
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