Is it narrative or is it argument?

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The lecture itself.

The lecture “Narrative/Argument: Transacting Our Stories In Public” was videotaped by SLCC, and published on the web here.


shrine,  by Lisa Bickmore

the conversation, by Lisa Bickmore

flower girl, by Dodi Weiler

the library, by Diane Lockard

sticky plastic picture protectors, Jason McFarland

Daddy’s Little Girl, by Amber Rojas

Peru, by Heather Murray

Dance Story, by Tiyana Jones

NO SANCTUARY, by Steve Greene

I asked Steve about how he saw story in this experimental piece. He said, “I based the film on the idea of unconscious aesthetics, and shot what I did without any specific metaphorical intentions but rather based on visuals and sounds that appealed to me and seemed somehow self-defining. And I found more fascination with asking myself afterward why I was attracted to those visuals and ideas, and seeing how others react and interpret it when I had no specific intentions beyond asking myself who I was through my filmmaking. Which my philosophies of subjectivism and existential questioning lead me to the idea that the portraiture if oneself as an artist is in the subconscious rather than the intentional, though the intentional is easily still self portraiture. Many people use self portraiture to define themselves for others I think, but I’m more interested in self-questioning.

 Narrativity in this piece is definitely present but I only have ideas at what is happening and what my “character” is experiencing. I find that isolation and searching are themes, and each environment is somehow a progression through landscapes of the mind and a journey through consciousness. I feel like defining it more than that might take away from a viewer’s experience.”


Scholarly (and scholarly-adjacent) Sources.

Alexander, Bryan. The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger, 2011.

Barthes, Roland and Lionel Duisit. “An Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narrative.” New Literary History Vol. 6, No. 2, On Narrative and Narratives (Winter, 1975), pp. 237-272.

Bell, Lee Ann (principal investigator). The Storytelling Project: Teaching About Racism and Tolerance Through Storytelling and the Arts. Barnard College.

Bennon, Brady. “Paradise Lost: Introducing Students to Climate Change Through Story.” Rethinking Schools Spring 2013, Volume 27 No. 3.

Bérubé, Michael. “Harry Potter and the Power of Narrative.The Common Review, Vol. 6 No. 1 (June 14, 2007).

Bérubé, Michael. “Why I Resigned the Paterno Chair.” Chronicle of Higher Education, October 15, 2012. Web.

Boyd, Brian. On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.

Cronon, Walter. “Presidential Address: Storytelling.” American Historical Review, February 2013.

Fisher, Walter R. “Narration as a Human Communication Paradigm: The Case of Public Moral Argument.” Communication Monographs, March 1984.

Gottschall, Jonathan. The Storytelling Animal. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

Herman, David. The Basic Elements of Narrative. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Herman, David, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, 2005.

King, Thomas. The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative.  Toronto, Canada: Dead Dog Cafe Productions, Inc., and the Canadian Broadcast System: 2003.

Lambert, Joe. Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community (4 ed). New York: Routledge, 2013.

McGlynn, David.  “Traumatized Time.” In Bending Genre. Ed. Margot Singer and Nicole Walker. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2013.

Powell, Malea. “Stories Take Place: A Performance in One Act.” College Composition and Communication 64:2 (December 2012), pp. 383-406.

Ryan, Marie-Laure, ed. Narrative Across Media: The Languages of Storytelling. Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Warner, Marina. Stranger MagicCharmed States and the Arabian Nights. United Kingdom: Chatto and Windus, 2011.

Storytelling Projects and Storytelling Media.

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Coleman, Elizabeth and Sarah Coleman. Truth be Told project. “At Truth Be Told, we believe that Voice is a powerful tool in reclaiming space, fighting against systemic oppression and opening lines of dialogue.”

Cowbird. “Cowbird is a community of storytellers. We build the world’s simplest and most beautiful storytelling tools, and we offer them for free to anyone who wishes to use them.”

Derby, Matthew, Eli Horowitz, Kevin Moffett, and Russell Quinn. The Silent History.   App for iPhone/iPad. 2013.

Feltron, Nicholas. Personal Annual Reports. (2005-20012) “Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics that reflect the year’s activities.”

Future of Storytelling  “The Future of StoryTelling summit (FoST) was founded on the belief that stories—in the broadest sense of the word—shape the meaning and momentum of everyday life.”

Glass, Ira. Series of videos on storytelling. (1) (2) (3) (4)

IDFADocLab. Welcome to Pine Point: A Multimedia Portrait of the disappeared mining Canadian mining settlement of Pine Point by one of its former residents.

iDyssey. (New Yorker piece on this project by Stefano De Luigi, to travel the route of Odysseus, and have local people read The Odyssey in their native tongues.)

I’m First.  “I’m First collects personal stories from first-generation college graduates—and students who will be—putting faces and giving voices to who we are and inspiring the next generation of students who will be first.”

Mosle, Sara. “What Should Children Read?New York Times, November 22, 2012. Web.

The Moth Radio Hour.  “The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.”

The [murmur] Project. (About the [murmur] project)

Stories Everywhere  “Adventures in narrative archeology and location-based storytelling.”

Story Corps  The mission of Story Corps is “to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.”