Strategic Narrative

Strategic Narrative : New Perspectives on the Power of Personal and Cultural Stories

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The contributors to this exciting new collection, edited by Wendy Patterson, address the real and far-reaching affects of narrative in everyday life. Positing the power and intentionality of narrative-in short its strategic uses-the essays reveal how we use our ways of telling to reclaim, evaluate, and draw meaning from our experiences in an increasingly complex world. The contributors take up themes of narrative as resistance, the ethical dimension of narrative, the importance of narrative in the imaginary social worlds of children, the role of narrative in the construction of masculinity, the uses of narrative in therapy, and the significance of imaginary stories in personal narratives of traumatic experience. Strategic Narrative brings together diverse perspectives from a range of disciplines and takes the reader into compelling discussions of this often simplified and confoundingly theorized form of discourse.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 155 x 236 x 19mm | 454g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliog , index
  • 0739103709
  • 9780739103708

About Wendy Patterson

Wendy Patterson is Lecturer in Linguistics at Nottingham Trent and Loughborough universities.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Burden of Truth: Psychoanalytic Poiesis and Narrative Understanding Chapter 3 Narrative Identity, Subject Formation, and the Transfiguration of Subjects Chapter 4 Forms and Functions of Narrative in Conflictive Interactions between Caregivers and Infants Chapter 5 Narrative Imaginings: The Liminal Zone in Narratives of Trauma Chapter 6 Lists, Stories, and Dreams: Strategic Invitation to Relationship in Psychotherapy Narrative Chapter 7 Social Movements and Strategic Narratives: Creating the Sexual Abuse Survivor Account Chapter 8 The Loner, The Walk, and The Beast Within: Narrative Fragments in the Construction of Masculinity Chapter 9 Telling Tales: Outing the Honorable Gentleman Chapter 10 The Extrospection of Suffering: Strategies of First-Person Illness Narratives Chapter 11 The Dangerous Pronoun: Narratives of Self and Community in Recent Political Cinema Chapter 12 Doing Justice: Positioning the Interpreter in Narrative Workshow more