GEK1049 Tutorial 1:
Narrative and Its Presence in Everyday Life

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Main reading:
NT
, Chapter 1: Definitions of Narrative (sections 1-3, 5, 8-19 only).
Further readings:
Forty-One Questions on the Nature of Narrative - Brief Article by Gerald Prince Style (Summer 2000)
Narrative (Wikipedia)
What history is by Professor Alun Munslow
What is a story? What is narrative meaning? Definitions by Steve Denning
What is Narrative, Anyway? A Craft Dialogue, Part 1 by Chip Scanlan Poynteronline (29 Sept 2003)

Questions

In this tutorial, all of you should introduce yourselves to the class by telling a story about yourself. If you don't want to tell others about your past, tell them about what your future will be, in the form of a story. You should also briefly say how your major or intended major subject may benefit from an understanding of narrative.

These are some of the questions that you may want to think about in relation to the personal stories you tell during the session (we may discuss some of them if there's time):

  1. Is it possible to tell others about what happened to you in the past without resorting to narrative?
  2. If it is possible to do this, is this an effective and memorable way of giving information about yourself?
  3. Is it really possible to tell stories about your future? Or is narrative more easily told about past events? Why?
  4. Why is your own life story important to you? What does it tell you about yourself? Does your life story make your perception of your own life more coherent?
  5. What does your life story tell others about you? Is your life story selective? Why? Apart from the practical fact that you do not have the time to tell everything about yourself, is the selectivity imposed by the structure of the narrative you tell?

Last revised: 25/08/2013


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