Storytellers: Crafting, Testifying, Fibbing
All of us are natural storytellers. Whether fictional, non-fictional, biographical, or autobiographical, the narratives we weave throughout our lives relate us to each other, to our collective histories, and to our notions of personal identity. Yet the methods and structures of storytelling are as varied and unique as the individual storytellers themselves. Who is behind the text, or within the text, and how do we come to understand the motivations and objectives of storytelling?
This conference seeks to interrogate the figure of the storyteller in literature, and what that figure contributes to the overall structure of the work, especially with regard to testifying and fibbing. What gives a storyteller believability, power, and authority? What are the power structures embedded in the act of storytelling? What does it mean if a storyteller is inaccurate or untruthful? What is the relationship between storytelling and experience, or between storytelling and history? How do we come to know the politics of storytelling through the figure of the storyteller, and how can we build a critical consciousness around the knowledge structures of stories and the storytelling process?Presented by the Hunter College Graduate English Club
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