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Letting Stories Breathe By Arthur W. Frank

Letting Stories Breathe
by Arthur W. Frank

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Stories accompany us through life from birth to death. Stories connect people, but they can also disconnect, creating boundaries between people and justifying violence. This book grapples with this fundamental aspect of our lives, offering both a theory of how stories shape us and a useful method for analyzing them.
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Letting Stories Breathe Summary


Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-narratology by Arthur W. Frank

Stories accompany us through life from birth to death. But they do not merely entertain, inform, or distress us - they show us what counts as right or wrong and teach us who we are and who we can imagine being. Stories connect people, but they can also disconnect, creating boundaries between people and justifying violence. In "Letting Stories Breathe", Arthur W. Frank grapples with this fundamental aspect of our lives, offering both a theory of how stories shape us and a useful method for analyzing them. Along the way he also tells stories: from folktales to research interviews to remembrances. Frank's unique approach uses literary concepts to ask social scientific questions: how do stories make life good and when do they endanger it? Going beyond theory, he presents a thorough introduction to dialogical narrative analysis, analyzing modes of interpretation, providing specific questions to start analysis, and describing different forms analysis can take. Building on his renowned work exploring the relationship between narrative and illness, "Letting Stories Breathe" expands Frank's horizons further, offering a compelling perspective on how stories affect human lives.

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Letting Stories Breathe Reviews


"Arthur Frank is a beautiful writer and this is a terrific book. His socio-narratology, while clearly drawing on the work of earlier scholars, is genuinely original, and his mastery of narrative theory, facility with a range of theoretical traditions of narrative analysis, deep fondness for literature, and capacity as a storyteller - all these together allow him to make a very persuasive case." - Cheryl Mattingly, University of Southern California"

About Arthur W. Frank


Arthur W. Frank is professor of sociology at the University of Calgary and the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness; The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics; and The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live, the latter two also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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GOR010111491
Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-narratology by Arthur W. Frank
Arthur W. Frank
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
2010-11-30
192
0226260135
9780226260136
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