Since before the dawn of history, people have been telling stories to each other and to themselves. Thus stories are at the root of human experience. This volume describes empirical investigations by Jerome Bruner, Wallace Chafe, David Olson, and others on the relationship between stories and cognition. Using philosophical, linguistic, anthropological, and psychological perspectives on narrative, the contributors provide a definitive, highly diversified portrait of human cognition.
"Students of all disciplines involved in the study of narratives will find this book interesting; each will learn what the other is doing…"
Contents: C.F. Foldman, J. Bruner, B. Renderer, S. Spitzer, Narrative Comprehension. W. Chafe, Some Things Narratives Tell Us About the Mind. D.R. Olson, Thinking About Narrative. A.D. Pellegrini, L.Galda, The Joint Construction of Stories by Preschool Children and an Experimenter. J. Lucariello, Canonicality and Consciousness in Child Narrative. J.W. Astington, Narrative and the Child's Theory of Mind. C.J. Swearingen, The Narration of Dialogue and Narration within Dialogue: The Transition from Story to Logic. D. Gough, The Principle of Relevance and the Production of Discourse: Evidence from Xhosa Folk Narrative. M. McGuire, The Rhetoric of Narrative: A Hermeneutic Critical Theory. J. Walkup, Narrative in Psychoanalysis: Truth? Consequences?