1st Edition

We Find Ourselves in Other People’s Stories
On Narrative Collapse and a Lifetime Search for Story

ISBN 9781138393288
Published December 6, 2018 by Routledge
114 Pages

USD $64.95

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Book Description

We Find Ourselves in Other People’s Stories: On Narrative Collapse and a Lifetime Search for Story is a collection of five essays that dissolves the boundary between personal writing and academic writing, a longstanding binary construct in the discipline of composition and writing studies, in order to examine the rhetorical effects of narrative collapse on the stories we tell about ourselves and others. Taken together, the essays theorize the relationships between language and violence, between narrative and dementia, between genre and certainty, and between writing and life.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Learning to Keep My Distance

Chapter 2: Searching for Stories

Chapter 3: Witnessing the Collapse

Chapter 4: Narrating Fragility

Chapter 5: We Are All Telling It Slant

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Amy E. Robillard is Professor of English at Illinois State University, USA. She is editor, with Ron Fortune, of Authorship Contested: Cultural Challenges to the Authentic, Autonomous Author, and her work has appeared in a number of professional journals. Her personal essays have appeared on The Rumpus and on Full Grown People.