Telling Developments: Narrative Interviews with Writers as

Telling Developments: Narrative Interviews with Writers as "acts of Meaning".

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The study was an exploration of the ways in which published writers narrate their developments and experiences as writers. Specifically, I examined the phenomenon of how four women narrate their developments both within classrooms and outside of classrooms. Complete transcriptions of the interviews with novelist, Sandy F. Richardson; poet, Cassie Premo Steele; magazine founder/editor/writer, Nikki Hardin; and e-zine founder/editor/writer, Amy Hudock are included within the text in order to let the writers' words qspeak for themselves.q An epoche was also written by the author of the dissertation as a way of acknowledging phenomenological participation across the interviews. In the analysis of the interviews, the interview transcripts were coded using cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner's markers of narrative activity such as time referents, metaphorical language, over-all plot, and agentivity. The shared and divergent experiences among the four interview participants were then explored in light of Bruner's theories of meaning-making. As the over-all plot of the heroic quest emerged in the interviews, the texts were also analyzed in terms of the heroic cycle as described by Joseph Campbell. These interviews and their analysis revealed ways in which four women writers narrate their developments and added to the body of knowledge about how meaning is made in dialogic and narrative contexts.dissertationa€”but then I realizeda€”nobody really cares unless youa#39;re famous. But I didna#39;t want ... I was likewise surprised and delighted to discover Linda Brodkeya#39;s narrative essay--a€œWriting on the Biasa€ within the pages of an academic joumal.

Title:Telling Developments: Narrative Interviews with Writers as "acts of Meaning".
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007


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