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On Stories

On Stories Drawing on the work of James Joyce the story of Sigmund Freud s Dora and the case of Oscar Schindler this text illuminates how stories are deep at work in fictional writing autobiography psychoana

  • Title: On Stories
  • Author: Richard Kearney
  • ISBN: 9780415247986
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Drawing on the work of James Joyce, the story of Sigmund Freud s Dora and the case of Oscar Schindler, this text illuminates how stories are deep at work in fictional writing, autobiography, psychoanalysis and above all, in attempts to talk of the self The author also considers the stories of nations and how these may affect the way a national identity can emerge from stoDrawing on the work of James Joyce, the story of Sigmund Freud s Dora and the case of Oscar Schindler, this text illuminates how stories are deep at work in fictional writing, autobiography, psychoanalysis and above all, in attempts to talk of the self The author also considers the stories of nations and how these may affect the way a national identity can emerge from stories He looks at the stories of Romulus and Remus in the founding of Rome, the hidden agenda of stories in the antagonism between Britain and Ireland and how stories of alienation in film such as Aliens and Men in Black reveal often disturbing narratives at work in projections of North American national identity Throughout, On Stories stresses that far from heralding the demise of the story, the digital and supposedly postmodern era opens up powerful new ways of thinking about narrative.

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    1. Otis and Jeff need to read this book:Whenever [book review website management] forgets its own narrative origins it becomes dangerous. Self-oblivion is the disease of a community that takes itself for granted - or like an overgrown narcissistic infant presumes that it is the centre of the world, entitled to assert itself to the detriment of others. When this happens the [book review website management] congeals into a terrifying will-to-power. The result is totalitarianism . . . " (p. 81)

    2. Kearney presents an accessible philosophical defense of narrative and the importance of story for human identity and ethics. As always, I appreciate his emphasis on ethics, his ability to develop and make many of Ricouer's insights accessible, his humor, and his defense of an integrated and balanced author/text/reader relationship in a philosophical context that emphasizes the radical impossibility of understanding and representation without violence. Kearney (convincingly in my view) points out [...]

    3. I enjoyed a lot of Kearney's perspectives, and he has an easy way of writing that invites me to keep reading, knowing I'm understanding, yet challenging me to think in order to grasp what he's saying at other times. For example, I learned about positivism (one truth), relativism (many truths), and heuristism (a balance between the two: many truths/interpretations, but also effort to corroborate with general reality). This book is solidly on the topic of narrative and its meaning to us as humans, [...]

    4. While a lot of Kearney's ideas about narrative are nothing new to me, having read fairly extensively in the field of narrative theory, I am inspired by his ideas on the ethics of narrative. He injects a refreshing common sense into the debate about narrative truth versus historical truth, emphasizing our ethical responsibility to attend to both the correspondence to "historical facts" and to the process of narration. I had the opportunity to hear Richard Kearney speak at a lecture at University [...]

    5. برای تجسم ریشه های داستان گویی باید برای خودمان داستانی تعریف کنیم. کسی،جایی،زمانی به فکرش رسید که بگوید:« روزی روزگاری»، و با این کار، در ذهن شنوندگانش شعله های تخیل را روشن کرد. قصه از تکه پاره های تجربه به هم بافته شد و اتفاقات گذشته و حال را به هم پیوست و هر دوی آن ها را به دل [...]

    6. Kearney writes about the importance of storytelling in our personal lives as a way of healing, but also about it's influence on the social level - specifically on the national myths. I recently got interested into myths and tales, so I really liked it. Nothing spectacular, but worth the time.

    7. See especially Ch. 7 ("Roman Foundation Myths: Aeneas and Romulus") and Ch. 8 ("Briatain and Ireland: A Tale of Siamese Twins").

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