On Stories

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 193 pages
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Stories offer us some of the richest and most enduring insights into the human condition and have preoccupied philosophy since Aristotle. On Stories presents in clear and compelling style just why narrative has this power over us and argues that the unnarrated life is not worth living. Drawing on the work of James Joyce, Sigmund Freud's patient 'Dora' and the case of Oscar Schindler, Richard Kearney skilfully illuminates how stories not only entertain us but can determine our lives and personal identities. He also considers nations as stories, including the story of Romulus and Remus in the founding of Rome. Throughout, On Stories stresses that, far from heralding the demise of narrative, the digital era merely opens up new stories.
  

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User Review  - Yolande Steenkamp - Goodreads

Very good introduction to narrativity for the lay reader. Read full review

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User Review  - Jordan - Goodreads

A succinct account of narratology that gracefully delves into different genres and the difference between personal and communal narratives. Read full review

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Richard Kearneyis a professor of philosophy at University College Dublin and Visiting European Professor at Boston College.

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