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Narrativity in Action: Language, Culture and Text

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Magdalena Grabowska, Grzegorz Grzegorczyk and Piotr Kallas

This monograph highlights the significance of narrative tools for the analysis of language behaviour in various social situations and considers narrativity as a natural human way of making sense. Through narration we develop unique modes of comprehending reality and dealing with its complicated structure. The analysis elaborates narrating as a dialogical experience and highlights its important role in coaching and in personalised education. Additionally it throws light on the modern city narrative as a literary genre. Lastly the authors develop the aspects of narrativity in the act of conversion in evangelical churches as an instance of identity enactment explaining the modern trends in preaching in charismatic evangelical churches.

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The Stones and the Stories: a Study of Modern City Narratives (Piotr Kallas)

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Piotr Kallas(University of Gdańsk)

The Stones and the Stories: a Study of Modern City Narratives

Abstract: City narrative is a borderline genre that belongs to non-fiction and fiction, to scholarly historical writing and literature at the same time. The following text focuses on selected city narratives about London starting with the 12th century text and ending with the writings of Peter Ackroyd. This genre proves to be a very attractive and modern form of writing in which erudition and scholarship are skillfully matched.

Key words: city biography, cities in history, city narrative, genre, historical writing, London, Peter Ackroyd subgenre

Introduction: Homo narrativus in the urban jungle

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