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Analyzing Narrative
Discourse and Sociolinguistic Perspectives

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521715133


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  • The socially minded linguistic study of storytelling in everyday life has been rapidly expanding. This book provides a critical engagement with this dynamic field of narrative studies, addressing long-standing questions such as definitions of narrative and views of narrative structure but also more recent preoccupations such as narrative discourse and identities, narrative language, power and ideologies. It also offers an overview of a wide range of methodologies, analytical modes and perspectives on narrative from conversation analysis to critical discourse analysis, to linguistic anthropology and ethnography of communication. The discussion engages with studies of narrative in multiple situational and cultural settings, from informal-intimate to institutional. It also demonstrates how recent trends in narrative analysis, such as small stories research, positioning analysis and sociocultural orientations, have contributed to a new paradigm that approaches narratives not simply as texts, but rather as complex communicative practices intimately linked with the production of social life.

    • The first general overview of narrative analysis from a sociolinguistic perspective
    • Has an interdisciplinary appeal for those who are approaching narrative studies not just from the standpoint of linguistics, but from anthropology, sociology, psychology and communication studies
    • Offers a critical overview of different theoretical and methodological perspectives on narrative, including conversation analysis and linguistic anthropology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In a booming field perpetually in need of good and relevant syntheses, De Fina and Georgakopoulou's book is a landmark, and it will remain a benchmark as well.' Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University

    'Within a wide range of diverse perspectives, this book provides a comprehensive and critical evaluation on narrative analysis.' Ilker Yengin, Language and Dialogue

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521715133
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Narrative definitions, issues and approaches
    2. Narrative as text and structure
    3. Narrative and sociocultural variability
    4. Narrative interaction
    5. Narrative power, authority and ownership
    6. Narrative and identities.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Astral Religion in the Near East and Classical Antiquity
    • Divination in Ancient Mesopotamia
    • Greek and Roman Science
  • Authors

    Anna De Fina, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Anna De Fina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Italian at Georgetown University.

    Alexandra Georgakopoulou, King's College London
    Alexandra Georgakopoulou is a Professor in the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Department at King's College London.

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