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What is Life Story Genre?

By Ivo Cermák and Vladimir Chrz


This paper is an attempt to examine the concept of “genre” and its usefulness in\ud the analysis of life stories. The present analysis is based on narrative interviews\ud focused on the line of a participant’s life, which he or she was asked to draw.\ud Inspired by the terms agon, pathos and anagnorisis, borrowed from the theory\ud of literature, three levels of genre are brought in: action, experiencing and\ud reflection. The life story genre is also discussed as a kind of configuration,\ud which means storytelling in an intelligible way that expresses continuity, shape\ud and purpose in human life. The psychological meaning of Northrop Fry’s\ud generic plots (mythoi) typology is also examined. Some aspects of life story\ud genres are illustrated by research examples

Topics: BF
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:4930

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