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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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Enacting Identity in the Conversion Narrative. The Case of Evangelical Testimony (Magdalena Grabowska)

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Magdalena Grabowska(University of Gdańsk)

Enacting Identity in the Conversion Narrative. The Case of Evangelical Testimony

Abstract: In evangelical Christianity conversion testimony is considered an essential part of the religious ritual. Its purpose is to do justice to the claim that one has been touched by God’s spirit and has undergone deep transformation. However, whenever one tells the conversion testimony, the audience feel urged to think that the purported transformation no longer belongs to the past but is closely related to the very act of expression, the moment an individual opens up before some audience to reveal one’s inner self. This is the moment of reenactment of identity.

Keywords: conversion, evangelicalism, identity, narrative, testimony

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