The Rise of the Life Narrative

Authored by: Ivor Goodson

The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784291
eBook ISBN: 9781315768199
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665717

10.4324/9781315768199.ch1

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Abstract

There is a kind of popular consensus at the moment that we live in ‘an age of narrative’. The truth is rather more complex, for although it is true that narratives and stories are part of the common currency of the day, the scale of those narratives, their scope and aspiration, has dramatically changed. In fact we are entering a period of particular kinds of narratives: life narratives and small-scale narratives.

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