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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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Distant Mirrors: Medieval London in the Narratives of Geoffrey Chaucer and Peter Ackroyd (Piotr Kallas)

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Piotr Kallas(University of Gdańsk)

Distant Mirrors: Medieval London in the Narratives of Geoffrey Chaucer and Peter Ackroyd

Abstract: The following text offers some consideration about two famous narratives featuring 14th century London and its inhabitants. It is an attempt to elucidate the sense of strangeness of the city evoked by two novels, namely The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley and The Clerkenwell by P. Ackroyd.

Keywords: fourteenth-century England, Geoffrey Chaucer, historical fiction, historical narratives, London, medieval history, mimetic literature, Peter Ackroyd the Ricardian age

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