Narrative Inquiry

Narrative Inquiry is devoted to providing a forum for theoretical, empirical, and methodological work on narrative. Articles appearing in Narrative Inquiry draw upon a variety of approaches and methodologies in the study of narrative as a way to give contour to experience, tradition, and values to next generations. Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical approaches to narrative and the analysis of narratives in human interaction, including those practiced by researchers in psychology, linguistics and related disciplines.

Narrative Inquiry is the continuation of the Journal of Narrative and Life History, originally published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Narrative Inquiry publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 1387-6740 | E-ISSN 1569-9935
Sample issue: NI 27:1
Allyssa McCabe | University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Associate Editor
Masahiko Minami | San Francisco State University
Editorial Board
Molly Andrews | University of East London
Alison L. Bailey | University of California, Los Angeles
Liliana Cabral Bastos | Pontificia Universidad Catolica
Greer Cavallaro Johnson | Griffith University
Chien-ju Chang | National Taiwan Normal University
Anna De Fina | Georgetown University
Mark Freeman | College of the Holy Cross
James Paul Gee | University of Wisconsin, Madison
Alexandra Georgakopoulou | Kings's College, London
Lars-Christer Hydén | Linköping University
Matti Hyvärinen | Tampere University
Minjeong Kim | University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Ageliki Nicolopoulou | Lehigh University
Neal R. Norrick | University of Saarbrücken
Elinor Ochs | University of California, Los Angeles
Sabina Perrino | Binghamton University (SUNY)
Uta M. Quasthoff | University of Dortmund
Elaine Reese | University of Otago
Catherine E. Snow | Harvard University
Lesley Stirling | The University of Melbourne
Fangfang Zhang | University of Massachusetts Lowell
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Latest articles

8 October 2020

  • The Two-Lens Approach: A holistic theoretical framework for studying the form, content, and context of children’s narratives
    Anneli Rane Woolf & Ageliki Nicolopoulou
  • 1 October 2020

  • Requests for stories: The evolving notion of tellability in narrative studies
    Neal R. Norrick
  • 24 September 2020

  • But what about the beginning?” Young children’s independent narrative structure and how mothers promote chronological coherence during narrative conversations
    Kimberly R. Kelly, Grace Ocular, Jennifer Zamudio & Jesus Plascencia
  • Narratives as discursive practices in interviews: A linguistic anthropological approach
    Sabina Perrino
  • 17 September 2020

  • Preparing students for intentional conversations with older adults: Putting Story Theory into action
    Margaret McAllister, Leanne Dodd, Colleen Ryan & Donna Lee Brien
  • Susan Beth Rottmann. 2019. In Pursuit of Belonging: Forging an Ethical Life in European-Turkish Spaces
    Reviewed by Sabina Perrino
  • 28 July 2020

  • Desire, liturgy, and the joint construction of narrative in a teacher preparation program
    Ian Parker Renga
  • The Narrative Dimensions Model and an exploration of various narrative genres
    Dorien Van De Mieroop
  • 8 July 2020

  • The continuum of identities in immigrant students’ narratives in Greece
    Argiris Archakis
  • Narrative affordances: Audience participation in museum narration in two history museums
    Chaim Noy
  • 2 July 2020

  • Catching identities in flight: Sharing stories of discriminatory experiences during workplace small talk
    Catho Jacobs, Dorien Van De Mieroop & Colette Van Laar
  • 8 June 2020

  • Interpreter and Aboriginal Liaison Officer identity construction and positioning
    Maria Karidakis
  • 19 May 2020

  • Exploring the boundary between narrative research and narrative intervention: Implications of participating in narrative inquiry for young people with refugee backgrounds
    Peyman Abkhezr, Mary McMahon, Marilyn Campbell & Kevin Glasheen | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 316–342
  • Grammatical uniformity of tense and aspect: Encoding narrator’s perspective and vantage point through Tense Shift
    Amruta Chandekar | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 381–403
  • Self-presentation strategies and narrative identity: A consideration of the linguistic and conceptual content of key scenes
    William L. Dunlop, Tara P. McCoy & Patrick J. Morse | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 343–363
  • “And in Israel we became Russians straight away” Narrative analysis of Russian-Jewish identity in the case study of double migration
    Elena Maydell | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 404–426
  • The epistemics of narrative performance in conversation
    Neal R. Norrick | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 211–235
  • Horizontality and gender in contemporary social movements: Narrative practice as a means of resistance
    Naomi Orton & Liana de Andrade Biar | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 236–270
  • Storytelling and stance-taking in group interaction
    David Peplow | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 427–450
  • A bene placito: Narratives of sex work
    Fabio I. M. Poppi & Sveinung Sandberg | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 294–315
  • The spatialization and temporalization of environmental suffering
    Daniel Sullivan, Roman Palitsky & Harrison Schmitt | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 271–293
  • Rendering the untellable, tellable: The cooperative work of face in conversational storytelling
    M’Balia Thomas | NI 30:2 (2020) pp. 364–380
  • 18 May 2020

  • “When I came to the US” Constructing migration in gay Indian immigrants’ coming-out narratives
    Ping-Hsuan Wang
  • 20 April 2020

  • Metacommunication process during a 3-day digital storytelling workshop for patients recovering from hematopoietic cell transplantation: A qualitative approach
    Wonsun Kim, Olga Idriss Davis, Linda Larkey, Shelby Langer, Bin Suh, Nicole Hoffmann, Ramesh Devi Thakur & Nandita Khera
  • 23 March 2020

  • Using tellability to analyze entrepreneurial narratives in the classroom
    Longlong Wang
  • 19 March 2020

  • Values that stories in self-improvement books promote
    Jeremy Koay
  • 10 March 2020

  • Tara Rai’s Chhapamar Yuwatiko Diary: Narrative & socio-political context of her war trauma in Nepal
    Khagendra Acharya, Orla T. Muldoon & Jangab Chauhan | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 122–141
  • Exploring autobiographical memory specificity and narrative emotional processing in alexithymia
    Christin Camia, Olivier Desmedt & Olivier Luminet | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 59–79
  • Imaginal dialogue as a method of narrative inquiry
    Nini Fang | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 41–58
  • Storying the heartbreak: The transformational processing of romantic breakups
    Nicole R. Harake & William L. Dunlop | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 18–40
  • The narrative structure of stressful interpersonal events
    Ivy K. Ho, Tamara L. Newton & Allyssa McCabe | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 1–17
  • Telling stories and sharing cultures for constructing identity and solidarity: A case of informal communication at a workplace
    Hakyoon Lee | NI 30:1 (2020) p. 80
  • Reconstructing agency using reported private thought in narratives of survivors of sex trafficking
    Sue Lockyer & Leah Wingard | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 142–160
  • Drinking stories of emerging adults
    Kateřina Lojdová | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 104–121
  • “I’ll tell you later on” Proleptic and analeptic tying devices in oral history interviews
    Jakub Mlynář | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 161–184
  • Vivid elements in Dutch educational texts
    Nina L. Sangers, Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul, Ted J. M. Sanders & Hans Hoeken | NI 30:1 (2020) pp. 185–209
  • 20 February 2020

  • “Stories that are worth spreading” A communicative model of TED talk narratives
    Nahla Nadeem
  • 10 February 2020

  • Entextualizing and contextualizing the status quo in domestic violence narratives
    Jennifer Andrus
  • 16 October 2019

  • The rhetoric of factuality in narrative: Appeals to authority in Claas Relotius’s feature journalism
    Samuli Björninen | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 352–370
  • “I can tell the difference between fiction and reality” Cross-fictionality and Mind-style in political rhetoric
    Sam Browse & Mari Hatavara | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 333–351
  • Real fictions: Fictionality, factuality and narrative strategies in contemporary storytelling
    Sam Browse, Alison Gibbons & Mari Hatavara | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 245–267
  • The “dissolving margins” of Elena Ferrante and the Neapolitan novels: A cognitive approach to fictionality, authorial intentionality, and autofictional reading strategies
    Alison Gibbons | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 391–417
  • Conspicuous fabrications: Speculative fiction as a tool for confronting the post-truth discourse
    Elise Kraatila | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 418–433
  • The paradox of imagining the post-human world: Fictional and factual rhetorical strategies in Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us
    Maria Laakso | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 371–390
  • Making fiction out of fact: Attention and belief in the discourse of conspiracy
    Jessica Mason | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 293–312
  • Narrative warfare: The ‘careless’ reinterpretation of literary canon in online antifeminism
    Matias Nurminen | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 313–332
  • Adjusting to new “truths” The relation between the spatio-temporal context and identity work in repeated WWII-testimonies
    Kim Schoofs & Dorien Van De Mieroop | NI 29:2 (2019) pp. 268–292
  • 2 July 2019

  • Digital storytelling: Using new technology affordances to organize during high uncertainty
    Ashley K. Barrett | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 213–243
  • Generational styles in oral storytelling: What can be learned from narrative priming?
    Annette Gerstenberg | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 1–28
  • Personal narrative skills of Urdu speaking preschoolers
    Saboor Zafar Hamdani, Tehreem Arshad, Sharmeen Aslam Tarar & Rukhsana Kausar | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 50–81
  • Psychotherapist Interventions Coding System (PICS): A systematic analysis of rhetoric mechanisms in psychotherapy
    Olga Herrero, Adriana Aulet, Daniela Alves, Catarina Rosa & Lluís Botella | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 157–184
  • Stability of hidden stories
    Dariusz Kuncewicz, Dorota Kuncewicz & Wojciech Kruszewski | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 82–98
  • Narrative assessments with first grade Spanish-English emergent bilinguals: Spontaneous versus retell conditions
    Audrey Lucero & Yuuko Uchikoshi | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 137–156
  • With and without Zanzibar: Liminal diaspora voices and the memory of the revolution
    Roberta Piazza | NI 29:1 (2019) p. 99
  • Greek women’s stories about intimate relationships: Conceptualizing politeness through “small stories” and identity analysis
    Vasiliki Saloustrou | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 185–212
  • Letter to a grandchild as a narrative tool of older adults’ biographical experience exploration
    Urszula Tokarska, Elżbieta Dryll & Anna Cierpka | NI 29:1 (2019) pp. 29–49
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    Main BIC Subject

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