www.storyingsheffield.com@storyingshef• Course• Research• Public engagement• Method
To know "who" a person is it will benecessary to have some appreciationof the story in which the personunderstands him- or herself to be aprotagonist.Juan Galis-Menendez, ‘Paul Ricoeur on Narrative andPersonal Identity’
“...we dream in narrative, day-dreamin narrative, remember, anticipate,hope, despair, believe, doubt, plan,revise, criticize, construct, gossip,learn, hate and love by narrative…"Barbara Hardy, ‘Towards a Poetics of Fiction...’
“The autobiographical act recapitulates the fundamental rhythms ofidentity formation […] I am arguing that narrative is the sine qua nonof identity formation.”Paul John Eakin“it is through narrativity that we come to know, understand, and makesense of the social world, and it is through narratives and narrativitythat we constitute our social identities”.Margaret R. Somers“A basic condition of making sense of ourselves is that we graspour lives in a narrative.”Charles Taylor“A person creates his identity by forming an autobiographical narrative – astory of his life’, and must be in possession of a full and ‘explicit narrative todevelop fully as a person.”Marya Schechtman.
Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted“…one moment made to standstill and to stand for all theother moments, whatever theywould be or might have been.What life can recover fromthat?…”
• The storied life• A storied culture (power)• The colonising power of stories• The possibility and difficulty of reconfiguration (resources?)• Therapy and other stories of ‘dysfunction’• The social /intersubjective nature of stories & identity• Individualisation and absence of context in medical model• The potentially alienating effects of “narrative”• An interest in the fragmentary, the “enigmatic”• The “everyday” as a resource• From liabilities to assets• From extraordinary to ordinary• Interrogating ‘expertise’ – who is the expert?
• Everyday life• Knowledge• Small things• Connections• Collaboration• Ways of telling