College Of Arts And Sciences | The Uses of Story
S103 | 0211 | Hedin, R.


We will focus on how the metaphor of story is the underlying
structure through which western cultures make sense out of every area
of human life. Discussions will incorporate fairy tales (pervasive
cultural stories), urban legends, family stories, fiction,
autobiography, and film. In each case, we focus on how the
writer/speaker/culture/filmmaker shapes the basic wishes and fears
that drive the story through various kinds of narrative structure. It
is precisely by depicting events as a story – i.e., as comprising a
beginning, middle and end that suggest that events are connected and
lead somewhere – that the storyteller “makes meaning” out of the
stuff of human experience.