Beyond Narrative Coherence
Beyond Narrative Coherence reconsiders the way we understand and work with narratives. Even though narrators tend to strive for coherence, they also add complexity, challenge canonical scripts, and survey lives by telling highly perplexing and contradictory stories. Many narratives remain incomplete, ambiguous, and contradictory. Obvious coherence cannot be the sole moral standard, the only perspective of reading, or the criterion for selecting and discarding research material. Beyond Narrative Coherence addresses the limits and aspects of narrative (dis)cohering by offering a rich theoretical and historical background to the debate. Limits of narrative coherence are discussed from the perspective of three fields of life that often threaten the coherence of narrative: illness, arts, and traumatic political experience. The authors of the book cover a wide range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, arts studies, political science and philosophy.
[Studies in Narrative, 11] 2010. vi, 196 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Beyond narrative coherence: An introductionMatti Hyvärinen, Lars-Christer Hydén, Marja Saarenheimo and Maria Tamboukou | pp. 1–15
Weird stories: Brain, mind, and selfMaria I. Medved and Jens Brockmeier | pp. 17–32
Identity, self, narrativeLars-Christer Hydén | pp. 33–48
‘Mind-reading’, a method for understanding the broken narrative of an aphasic manTarja Aaltonen | pp. 49–66
Broken narratives, visual forces: Letters, paintings and the eventMaria Tamboukou | pp. 67–86
Artists-in-progress: Narrative Identity of the Self as AnotherLinda Sandino | pp. 87–102
Breaking of self-narrative as a means of reorientation?Vilma Hänninen and Anja Koski-Jännes | pp. 103–119
“There is no fear in my lexicon” vs. “You are not normal if you won’t be scared”: A qualitative semiotic analysis of the ‘broken’ discourse of Israeli bus drivers who experienced terror attacksAlison Stern Perez, Yishai Tobin and Shifra Sagy | pp. 121–146
Beyond narrative: The shape of traumatic testimonyMolly Andrews | pp. 147–166
Afterword: ‘Even Amidst’: Rethinking Narrative CoherenceMark Freeman | pp. 167–186
Index | pp. 191–196
List of contributors | pp. 187–189
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General