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Letting Stories Breathe A Socio-Narratology

ISBN-10: 022600483X
ISBN-13: 9780226004839
Edition: 2012
Authors: Arthur W. Frank
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Stories accompany us through life from birth to death. But they do not merely entertain, inform, or distress us—they show us what counts as right or wrong and teach us who we are and who we can imagine being. Stories connect people, but they can also disconnect, creating boundaries between people and justifying violence. InLetting Stories Breathe, Arthur W. Frank grapples with this fundamental aspect of our lives, offering both a theory of how stories shape us and a useful method for analyzing them. Along the way he also tells stories: from folktales to research interviews to remembrances.Frank’s unique approach uses literary concepts to ask social scientific questions: how do stories make life good and when do they endanger it? Going beyond theory, he presents a thorough introduction to dialogical narrative analysis, analyzing modes of interpretation, providing specific questions to start analysis, and describing different forms analysis can take. Building on his renowned work exploring the relationship between narrative and illness,Letting Stories Breatheexpands Frank’s horizons further, offering a compelling perspective on how stories affect human lives.

Arthur W. Frank is professor of sociology at the University of Calgary and the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness; The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics; and The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live, the latter two also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Prologue
Introduction: Six Stories about Stories
The Capacities of Stories
Stories at Work
Dialogical Narrative Analysis as a Method of Questioning
Dialogical Interpretation and Stories' Particular Truth
Exemplars of Dialogical Narrative Analyses
How Stories Can Be Good Companions
Acknowledgments
Notes
Glossary
Index

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