Culturally Available Narratives in Parents’ Stories about Disability

Authored by: Amy Shuman

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.ch18

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Abstract

In an essay in the New Yorker, novelist Jonathan Franzen (2011) describes the current proliferation of first person accounts as a desperate attempt to traverse the sometimes self-imposed, sometimes stigma-imposed gulf between oneself and others. His discussion challenges what has become a premise in oral history and life history research: the idea that recognizing oneself in a shared narrative can mitigate the experience of feeling that one is alone, the only one who has had or who knows some experience.

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