Narrative State of the Art

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Michael Bamberg
John Benjamins Publishing, Mar 14, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 271 pages
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Narrative State of the Art which was originally published as a Special Issue of Narrative Inquiry 16:1 (2006) is edited by Michael Bamberg and contains 24 chapters (with a brief introduction by the editor) that look back and take stock of developments in narrative theorizing and empirical work with narratives. The attempt has been made to bring together researchers from different disciplines, with very different concerns, and have them express their conceptions of the current state of the art from their perspectives. Looking back and taking stock, this volume further attempts to begin to deliver answers to the questions (i) What was it that made the original turn to narrative so successful? (ii) What has been accomplished over the last 40 years of narrative inquiry? (iii) What are the future directions for narrative inquiry? The contributions to this volume are deliberately kept short so that the readers can browse through them and get a feel about the diversity of current narrative theorizing and emerging new trends in narrative research. It is the ultimate aim of this edited volume to stir up discussions and dialogue among narrative researchers across these disciplines and to widen and open up the territory of narrative inquiry to new and innovative work.
 

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Contents

Introductory remarks
1
Narrative research and the challenge of accumulating knowledge
7
The role of narrative in personality psychology today
17
The promise and challenge of an innovative narrative psychology
27
Biographical structuring
37
Narrative preconstruction
47
A new role for narrative in variationist sociolinguistics
57
Story formulations in talkininteraction
69
Thinking big with small stories in narrative and identity analysis
145
Life on holiday?
155
Big or small
165
Entitlement and empathy in personal narrative
175
Frankie Johnny Oprah and Me
185
Rescuing narrative from qualitative research
195
The performance turn in narrative studies
205
Applied ethnopoetics
215

Continuity and change in narrative study
81
Dialogue in a discourse context
91
Rhetorical aesthetics and other issues in the study of literary narrative
103
Narrative as construction and discursive resource
113
The narrative negotiation of identity and belonging
123
Narratives in action
133
The selftelling body
225
Narrative thinking and the emergence of postpsychological therapies
237
Do good stories produce good health?
249
Living stories
261
The series Benjamins Current Topics BCT
271
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