What the map cuts up, the story cuts across

Slembrouck, Stef
July 2003
Narrative Inquiry;2003, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p459
Academic Journal
This article presents a commentary on several articles published in the volume 13 of Narrative Inquiry. The article seek to redress an imbalance in narrative theory which results from having overprivileged time over space and they do so by examining the indexical resources which narrators deploy in their spatial-temporal orientations. The narratives examined by Anna De Fina and Michael Baynham thematize experiences of deeply consequential spatial moves. The focus of the subject-creating capacities of spatial contrasts presents itself naturally. Alexandra Georgakppoulou's narrative data are different. She adds that her narrators are adolescents born and raised in a close community in Greece. This, however, does not make the spatial dimension less challenging. The article by Aleksandra Galasińska examines the interactional contexts of narrative elicitation. In the articles of De Fina and Baynham, one can begin to see what the analysis of narratives in which spatial orientation and the reconstruction of an experience of having to orient and reorient oneself has become. These narratives are taken as meta-narratives and their analysis becomes part of an epistemological re-orientation to how narrativizations are tied to micro- and macro-contextual conditions.


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