Article published in:Learning and Teaching Narrative Inquiry: Travelling in the Borderlands
Edited by Sheila Trahar
[Studies in Narrative 14] 2011
► pp. 125–140
Many more than two of us
Denaturalizing the positions of speech and writing in a narrative constructionist research workshop
This chapter deals with the way that students in a workshop to introduce narrative constructionist research questioned the ways in which a series of stories of their own creation were produced. Four main issues made up the deconstruction of the prevailing discourses present in the positions of speech and writing: writing as a threat to the authenticity of speech; narrative coherence as an element which legitimates various forms of being; tensions in the reconstruction of the real-life experiences with the “appropriate” meaning; and a textual politics which promotes a unbroken reading of the experience of the Other. From the deconstructive process emerged a model of the narrative inquirer as a person who tells a story from a non-institutionalized point of view which allows other to tell their own.
Published online: 09 August 2011