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Storytelling in Daily Life


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AcknowledgmentsPart I. A Communication Approach to Storytelling1. Performing Narrative in Daily LifePart II. Family Storytelling: A Strategy of Small Group Culture2. Ordering Content and Making Family Stories3. Family Storytelling: Ordering Tasks in Small Group Cultures4. Performing Families: Ordering Group and Personal IdentitiesPart III. Storytelling Practices: Three Case Studies5. Storytelling in a Weblog: Performing Narrative in a Digital Age6. Breast Cancer Storytelling: The Limits of Narrative Closure in Survivor Discourse7. Performing Narrative on Stage: Identity and Agency in an Autobiographical PerformanceCodaNotesReferencesIndex

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Kristin M. Langellier is Mark and Marcia Bailey Professor at the University of Maine where she teaches communication and women's studies. A former editor of Text and Performance Quarterly, she has published numerous journal articles on personal narrative, family storytelling, and Franco American cultural identity. Eric E. Peterson is Associate Professor at the University of Maine where he teaches communication. He is coeditor of a recent book on public broadcasting and has published a variety of journal articles on narrative performance, media consumption, and communication diversity and identity.


"Storytelling in Daily Life is remarkably coherent and immediately invaluable. This will be a model for approaching narrative performatively: actively, productively, critically, and creatively. It is extremely timely, and most original in what I would call its radical empiricism. The chapter on family storytelling is a brilliant new take on the subject. No other book currently engages the performance of narrative/narrative performance critically with such incisiveness." --Della Pollock, Department of Communication Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Storytelling in Daily Life is stunning, a major contribution to narrative studies. The authors, using a variety of interesting and varied examples, theorize and empirically analyze how storytelling works as an emergent communicative relational practice. Stories represent, produce, and complicate dominant identities and hierarchies (of family, gender, ethnicity, in web/digital communication, narratives of illness experience and sexuality)--our multiple 'selves.' The performance approach to narrative has never been better articulated." --Catherine Kohler Riessman, Research Professor of Sociology, Boston College

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