Analyzing Narrative

Analyzing Narrative : Discourse and Sociolinguistic Perspectives

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The socially minded linguistic study of storytelling in everyday life has been rapidly expanding. This book provides a critical engagement with this dynamic field of narrative studies, addressing long-standing questions such as definitions of narrative and views of narrative structure but also more recent preoccupations such as narrative discourse and identities, narrative language, power and ideologies. It also offers an overview of a wide range of methodologies, analytical modes and perspectives on narrative from conversation analysis to critical discourse analysis, to linguistic anthropology and ethnography of communication. The discussion engages with studies of narrative in multiple situational and cultural settings, from informal-intimate to institutional. It also demonstrates how recent trends in narrative analysis, such as small stories research, positioning analysis and sociocultural orientations, have contributed to a new paradigm that approaches narratives not simply as texts, but rather as complex communicative practices intimately linked with the production of social life.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 240 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139200313
  • 9781139200318

About Anna De Fina

Anna De Fina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Italian at Georgetown University. Alexandra Georgakopoulou is a Professor in the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Department at King's College London.
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'In a booming field perpetually in need of good and relevant syntheses, De Fina and Georgakopoulou's book is a landmark, and it will remain a benchmark as well.' Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University 'Within a wide range of diverse perspectives, this book provides a comprehensive and critical evaluation on narrative analysis.' Ilker Yengin, Language and Dialogue
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Table of contents

1. Narrative definitions, issues and approaches; 2. Narrative as text and structure; 3. Narrative and sociocultural variability; 4. Narrative interaction; 5. Narrative power, authority and ownership; 6. Narrative and identities.
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