Narration, Place, and the Social
Chapter 5. Narration as Assemblage: Storytelling and Performance with Digital Media
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NARRATION AS ASSEMBLAGE: STORYTELLING AND PERFORMANCE WITH DIGITAL MEDIA
Narration as a dimension of practical experience includes the diverse ways in which we make meaning, develop a sense of self and/or collective identity in everyday life, from dancing in a street protest, to retelling a story to a peer. “We read and understand our everyday life and interaction the same way we read and understand stories” (Hatavara, Hydén, & Hyvärinen, 2013, p. 4). We work with an understanding of narrative as enabled by assemblages of human and more-than-human actors and as unfolding in the interwoven spaces between everyday experience and language (e.g., body language, speech, media), as both materiality and representation.
In this chapter, we inquire into the educative potentiality of acts of narration, and in particular, how the blurred boundaries between saying and doing can shape the learner in subtle, intimate, and profound ways. In speaking of narration as a kind of action or practice, we mean that narrative not only has a descriptive dimension of re-presenting what we have done in dialogue with others and in relation to past experience, fiction, or history; it is also performative in that the telling itself does something to us, our relations to others, and to more-than-human places. When we describe ourselves or our communities, for example, we are also producing them through that description. Just as we sense that repeating negative perceptions of oneself embeds ← 91 | 92 → those...
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