Unsettled Narratives

Unsettled Narratives

The Cruise of the Snark features the constant narration of London's physical condition, describing in depth the scars of injury and illness that afflict his body. As Kathryn A. Burnett and Mary Holmes, following the work of Elizabeth ...

Author: David Farrier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135863197

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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In the nineteenth-century Pacific, the production of a text of encounter occurred in tandem with the production of a settled space; asserting settler presence through the control of the space and the context of the encounter. Indigenous resistance therefore took place through modes of representation that ‘unsettled’ the text. This book considers the work of four Western visitors to the Pacific—Robert Louis Stevenson, William Ellis, Herman Melville, and Jack London—and the consequences for the written text and the experience of cross-cultural encounter when encounter is reduced to writing. The study proposes a strong connection between settling and writing as assertions of presence, and, by engaging a metaphor of building dwellings and building texts, the study examines how each writer manipulates the process of text creation to assert a dominant presence over and against the indigenous presence, which is represented as threatening, and extra-textual.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Narratives of Recovery from Mental Illness

Narratives of Recovery from Mental Illness

The 'Nature of the Person' (Figure 14.1) seeks to depict the human being as a unique spirit embedded in a number of personal and social storytelling bodies, and to illustrate the relationship between the different processes involved in ...

Author: Mike Watts

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317536338

Category: Psychology

Page: 158

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Narratives of Recovery from Mental Illness presents research that challenges the prevailing view that recovery from ‘mental illness’ must take place within the boundaries of traditional mental health services. While Watts and Higgins accept that medical treatment may be a vital start to some people’s recovery, they argue that mental health problems can also be resolved through everyday social interactions, and through peer and community support. Using a narrative approach, this book presents detailed recovery stories of 26 people who received various diagnoses of ‘mental illness’ and were involved in a mutual help group known as ‘GROW’. Drawing on an in-depth analysis of each story, chapters offer new understandings of the journey into mental distress and a progressive entrapment through a combination of events, feelings, thoughts and relationships. The book also discusses the process of ongoing personal liberation and healing which assists recovery, and suggests that friendship, social involvement, compassion, and nurturing processes of change all play key factors in improved mental well-being. This book provides an alternative way of looking at ‘mental illness’ and demonstrates many unexplored avenues and paths to recovery that need to be considered. As such, it will be of interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work and occupational therapy, as well as to service providers, policymakers and peer support organisations. The narratives of recovery within the book should also be a source of hope to people struggling with ‘mental illness’ and emotional distress
Categories: Psychology

Entangled Narratives

Entangled Narratives

Telling stories in face-to-face situations implies that all participants can see, hear, and maybe also touch each other; in other words, their bodies are in close proximity. As Erving Goffman pointed out, in this kind of situation ...

Author: Lars-Christer Hydén

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199391592

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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As people are living longer on average than ever before, the number of those with dementia will increase. Because many will live a considerable time at home with their diagnosis, we need to know more about the ways people can adapt to and learn to live with dementia in their everyday lives. Lars-Christer Hydén argues in this book that to do so will involve re-imagining what dementia really is and what it can mean to the afflicted and their loved ones. One of the most important everyday opportunities for sharing experiences is the simple act of storytelling. But when someone close to you gradually loses the ability to tell stories and cherish the shared history you have together, this is seen as a threat to the relationship, to the feeling of belonging together, and to the identity of the person diagnosed. Therefore, learning about how people with dementia can participate in storytelling along with their families and friends helps to sustain those relationships and identities. In Entangled Narratives, Hydén not only emphasizes the possibilities that are inherent in collaborative storytelling, but instructs professionals and otherwise healthy relatives to learn how to effectively listen and, ultimately, re-imagine their patients and loved ones as collaborative meaning-makers in their lives.
Categories: Psychology

The English Execution Narrative 1200 1700

The English Execution Narrative  1200   1700

Foxe notes that the Bishop of Chester, who presided over Bucer's trial and condemnation, importantly held six years after this Protestant reformer had died in bed, felt that exhuming and burning Bucer's long-dead body was a divinely ...

Author: Katherine Royer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317319788

Category: History

Page: 192

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Royer examines the changing ritual of execution across five centuries and discovers a shift both in practice and in the message that was sent to the population at large. She argues that what began as a show of retribution and revenge became a ceremonial portrayal of redemption as the political, religious and cultural landscape of England evolved.
Categories: History

Narrative and Consciousness

Narrative and Consciousness

In composing her life story, the narrator pieces together a narrative past through which she recovers “Donna” amid ... Through the discourse of autism she finds a way to represent how it is that she failed to experience her body as her ...

Author: Gary D. Fireman

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195140057

Category: Psychology

Page: 252

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The evocation of narrative as a way to understand the content of consciousness, including memory, autobiography, self, and imagination, has sparked truly interdisciplinary work among psychologists, philosophers, and literary critics. Even neuroscientists have taken an interest in the stories people create to understand themselves, their past, and the world around them. The research presented in this volume should appeal to researchers enmeshed in these problems, as well as the general reader with an interest in the philosophical problem of what consciousness is and how it functions in the everyday world.
Categories: Psychology

American Road Narratives

American Road Narratives

This containment makes fewer and fewer scales open to women, so that the body becomes the scale at which mobility occurs. Thelma does not say that she has crossed a line (in space), but that something's “crossed over in me.

Author: Ann Brigham

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813937519

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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The freedom to go anywhere and become anyone has profoundly shaped our national psyche. Transforming our sense of place and identity--whether in terms of social and economic status, or race and ethnicity, or gender and sexuality—American mobility is perhaps nowhere more vividly captured than in the image of the open road. From pioneer trails to the latest car commercial, the road looms large as a form of expansiveness and opportunity. Too often it is the celebratory idea of the road as a free-floating zone moving the traveler beyond the typical concerns of space and time that dominates the discussion. Rather than thinking of mobility as an escape from cultural tensions, however, Ann Brigham proposes that we understand mobility as a mode of engagement with them. She explores the genre of road narratives to show how mobility both thrives on and attempts to manage shifting conflicts about space and society in the United States. From the earliest transcontinental automobile narratives from the 1910s, through classics like Jack Kerouac's On the Road and the film Thelma & Louise, up to post-9/11 narratives, Brigham traces the ways in which mobility has been imagined, created, and interrogated over the past century and shows how mobility promises, and threatens, to incorporate the outsider and to blur boundaries. Bringing together textual and cultural analysis, theories of spatiality, and sociohistorical frameworks, this book offers an invigoratingly different view of mobility and a new understanding of the road narrative’s importance in American culture. Choice Outstanding Academic Title from American Library Association
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fashion Dress and Identity in South Asian Diaspora Narratives

Fashion  Dress and Identity in South Asian Diaspora Narratives

Dress might be endowed with symbolism in literature, and it might also acquire a sort of narrative function. ... For, as Yasmin Hussain has said, South Asian diaspora texts offer a 'compelling body of sociological evidence about the ...

Author: Noemí Pereira-Ares

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319613970

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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This book is the first book-length study to explore the sartorial politics of identity in the literature of the South Asian diaspora in Britain. Using fashion and dress as the main focus of analysis, and linking them with a myriad of identity concerns, the book takes the reader on a journey from the eighteenth century to the new millennium, from early travel account by South Asian writers to contemporary British-Asian fictions. Besides sartorial readings of other key authors and texts, the book provides an in-depth exploration of Kamala Markandaya’s The Nowhere Man (1972), Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), Meera Syal’s Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999) and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003).This work examines what an analysis of dress contributes to the interpretation of the featured texts, their contexts and identity politics, but it also considers what literature has added to past and present discussions on the South Asian dressed body in Br itain. Endowed with an interdisciplinary emphasis, the book is of interest to students and academics in a variety of fields, including literary criticism, socio-cultural studies and fashion theory.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Transglobal Fashion Narratives

Transglobal Fashion Narratives

Clothing Communication, Style Statements and Brand Storytelling Anne Peirson-Smith, Joseph H. Hancock II. the festival. From a gender construct point of view, the costume presents the Latina body in a narrow perspective by transforming ...

Author: Anne Peirson-Smith

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783208456

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

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Everywhere we look, people are using fashion to communicate self and society—who they are, and where they belong. Transglobal Fashion Narratives presents an international, interdisciplinary analysis of those narratives. Moving from sweatshop to runway, page to screen, camera to blog, and artist to audience, the book examines fashion as a mediated form of content in branding, as a literary and filmic device, and as a personal form of expression by industry professionals, journalists, and bloggers.
Categories: Business & Economics

Understanding Narrative Identity Through Lesbian and Gay Youth

Understanding Narrative Identity Through Lesbian and Gay Youth

They allowed for a body narrative, and enclosed the body like a second skin. Through feeling, the body becomesa sign for young people as they turn in to how they feelto workout what and who theyarein thecontext of a wider worldof ...

Author: Edmund Coleman-Fountain

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137312709

Category: Social Science

Page: 140

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This book contests the idea that lesbian and gay categories are disappearing, and that sexuality is becoming fluid, by showing how young people use them in a world in which heterosexuality is privileged. Exploring identity making, the book shows how old modernist stories of sexual being entwine with narratives of normality.
Categories: Social Science

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Blending feminist and narrative approaches offers a gendered politicized narrative conversation which focuses on making sense of women's body talk, rather than pathologizing women's experiences. Therapists do not need to engage in ...

Author: Catrina Brown

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452222486

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Influenced by feminist, postmodern, and critical theory, this edited volume illustrates how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories that arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses.
Categories: Psychology