Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity: Interdisciplinary Approaches

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Peter Lang, 2007 - History - 314 pages
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This interdisciplinary volume centers on the interrelations of storytelling and various manifestations of cultural identity, from written to oral and from autobiographical to regional and national. Indigenous storytelling, as well as storytelling for and by children and the elderly, are the main focus of these essays. Together, these fifteen texts make a significant contribution toward a deeper understanding of various aspects of textual and oral narrative: they broaden the lines of inquiry into multidisciplinary and multicultural interests, particularly those centering on the construction, expression, and contextualization of various types of identity; and they illustrate the deployment of storytelling not only as testimony, contestation, and subversion - but also as peacebuilding. Many countries, languages and cultures are herein represented - from the United States and Canada to Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia, from English to Japanese to Greek to Italian to the languages of indigenous peoples of Latin America and the Philippines.
 

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Contents

Autobiographical Voices
1
Narrative in Dark Times
9
Recovering the Japanese in Narrative
26
The Function of Ilianen Manobo Storytelling in the Preservation
43
Identity and Place in the Lives
59
Identity Shifts
81
Dialogicality Conflict and Memory in Siona Ethnohistory
102
Five Echoes
119
Storytelling Intersubjectivity
153
Popular Historiography Alternative
175
Landscaping and Narrating White Australianness in Murray
189
Subjective Identity and Objective Reality in the Portuguese
202
Narrative Metaphor and Myth in C S Lewiss Testimonial
225
The Many Faces of Snow White
247
Bringing Narrative Thinking
263
Contributors
293

Three Autobiographical
138

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The Editors: Francisco Cota Fagundes holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures and is a full professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Irene Maria F. Blayer holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and is a full professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Brock University.

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