Beyond Narrative Coherence

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Matti Hyvärinen
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 196 pages
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"Beyond Narrative Coherence" reconsiders the way we understand and work with narratives. Even though narrators tend to strive for coherence, they also add complexity, challenge canonical scripts, and survey lives by telling highly perplexing and contradictory stories. Many narratives remain incomplete, ambiguous, and contradictory. Obvious coherence cannot be the sole moral standard, the only perspective of reading, or the criterion for selecting and discarding research material. "Beyond Narrative Coherence" addresses the limits and aspects of narrative (dis)cohering by offering a rich theoretical and historical background to the debate. Limits of narrative coherence are discussed from the perspective of three fields of life that often threaten the coherence of narrative: illness, arts, and traumatic political experience. The authors of the book cover a wide range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, arts studies, political science and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Beyond narrative coherence
1
Weird stories
17
Identity Self Narrative
33
Mindreading a method for understanding the broken narrative of an aphasic man
49
Broken narratives visual forces
67
Artistsinprogress
87
Breaking of selfnarrative as a means of reorientation?
103
There is no fear in my lexicon vs You are not normal if you wont be scared
121
Beyond narrative
147
Afterword
167
List of contributors
187
Index
191
The series Studies in Narrative
197
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