Narrative Culture

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring

Consuming Subjects: Making Sense of Post-World War II Westerns 1
IntroductionThe American Western, a popular film genre from the earliest days of cinema well into the 1960s, has been linked to the story of America more insistently than any other genre. Set in the American West, that most mythic of spaces, conventional...
Discursive Shifts in Legends from Demonization to Fictionalization
Introduction: Legends in ContextThe relationship between vernacular genres and their discursive, social, and historical context is one of the major problems of folkloristic scholarship. In order to understand generic expressivity we need to look into...
Disruptive Voices: The Minor Characters of Musical Narrative
Arthur Phillips's 2009 novel, The Song Is You, begins with the following passage:Billie counted offf the tune and started the pre-refrain verse, with only the piano accompanying . . . and the soldier hoped that Holiday, having sensed that he was diffferent...
Fairy-Tale Economics: Scarcity, Risk, Choice 1
Economists tell stories about how people behave. The setup is always the same: an actor is confronted with a choice and must make a decision. Should he (it's usually a he) take a quick, assured return or wait for a less certain but larger payofff? Should...
Narrative Cultures, Situated Story Webs, and the Politics of Relation
As Thomas King afffirmed in his 2003 Massey Lectures, "the truth about stories is that that's all we are" (2). This is why I am genuinely excited about this new journal, Narrative Culture, and find myself responding somewhat foolheartedly to its editors'...
Voicelessness and the Limits of Agency in Early Modern Finnish Narratives on Magic and the Supernatural
Introduction: Self, Narrative, and VoicelessnessGiven that narrative research has shown narration to be an innate trait of the human species (Abbott; see also Barthes; Nussbaum 230), the concept of narrative culture encompasses a vast domain. Here I...
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