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Narrative, story-telling and so on

Musings on gender & cultural differences in the narrative

Posted 05-Feb-2012 at 12:05 AM (00:05) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Feb-2012 at 01:43 AM (01:43) by Gurdur

The narrative is more controversial than you might think; there's one of those periodic spats about using narrative going on at the moment in the blogosphere in relation to history of science, and some still do not see that narrative pretty much underlies every way humans talk about anything - even the argumentive and demonstrative rhetorical modes have their own narrational structure and premises. Peter Medawar famously pointed that out for science in his "Is the scientific paper a fraud?". This...
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Differences between USA and Commonwealth styles in story-telling

Posted 01-Feb-2012 at 09:33 PM (21:33) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Feb-2012 at 12:03 AM (00:03) by Gurdur

Cultures differ greatly in communication; Germans think typical British politeness is overdone and suspiciously ornate, while to do things in KiSwahili in a "kizungu" way is to do them impolitely and/or overly hurriedly and brusquely, and comes from mzungu, meaning European or white person, and so on. Story-telling also differs much across cultures. The Egyptian way of telling stories is often a way of attaining intersubjective agreement between all hearers as to how certain events happened, or...
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