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  • The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

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    This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'ba...

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  • The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

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    I Am Not Perfect is a simple statement of profound truth, the first step toward  understanding the human condition, for to deny your essential im...

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  • The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

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    "If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make yo...

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  • Oral Narrative Research with Black Women: Collecting Treasures / Edition 1

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    Oral narrative researchers from a range of disciplines present their personal portraits on the methodological strategies they have found useful in ...

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  • Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity, 1800-2000: The Transformation of Oral Space

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    From the Famine to political hunger strikes, from telling tales in the pub to Beckett's tortured utterances, the performance of Irish identity ha...

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  • Biblical Narrative Learning

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    Biblical narrative learning is a non-critical educational approach for Christian communities with diverse learning backgrounds, involving three s...

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  • Transmitting Mishnah: The Shaping Influence of Oral Tradition

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    Departing from the conventional view of mishnaic transmission as mindless rote memorisation, Transmitting Mishnah, first published in 2006, reveals...

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  • The Story of Naomi-The Book of Ruth

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    The book of Ruth is probably best known as a romantic love story that, through the expression of loving devotion, overcomes tragedy and ends with...

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  • Voices of the People in Nineteenth-Century France

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    This innovative study of the lives of ordinary people – peasants, fishermen, textile workers – in nineteenth-century France demonstrates how folk...

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  • Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Texts by Urban Adolescents

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    Based on intensive fieldwork in an urban American junior high school, this original study explores the relationship between oral and written text...

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  • The Secret Language of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire Action Through Narrative / Edition 1

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    The book introduces the concept of narrative intelligence—an ability to understand and act and react agilely in the quicksilver world of interactin...

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  • Medieval Listening and Reading: The Primary Reception of German Literature 800-1300

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    This book deals with the first 500 years of German literature (800-1300) and how it was received by contemporaries. Covering the whole spectrum of ...

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  • Reading Across Borders: Storytelling and Knowledges of Resistance

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    In light of postcolonial and feminist critiques of 'experience' and 'identity', how can feminists engage stories of marginalized peoples' experie...

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  • Oral Transmission and the Dream Narratives of Matthew 1-2

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    The first Gospel has traditionally been considered a very Jewish work. Recent scholarship has suggested some Hellenistic influence. The issue is ...

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  • Romancing the Real: Folklore and Ethnographic Representation in North Africa

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    One of the goals of the "new" or experimental ethnography is to illuminate the unique historical, social, and political situation of a people fro...

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  • Tales of the City: A Study of Narrative and Urban Life

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    How do we picture urban life and formulate our experience of it? Tales of the City brings together the academics' abstract tales with the vivid s...

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  • Oral Tradition and Synoptic Verbal Agreement

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    New Testament scholars routinely claim that verbal agreement among parallel Synoptic pericopae is a reliable indicator of literary borrowing by t...

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  • Wisdom in the Telling: Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold

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    Listen. Hear your deepest longings, triumphs and trials in these ancient tales of the human experience. Journey through these fascinating storie...

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  • Voice and the Victorian Storyteller

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    The nineteenth-century novel has always been regarded as a literary form pre-eminently occupied with the written word, but Ivan Kreilkamp shows i...

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  • Revisiting Delphi: Religion and Storytelling in Ancient Greece

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    Revisiting Delphi speaks to all admirers of Delphi and its famous prophecies, be they experts on ancient Greek religion, students of the ancient ...

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  • Rhetorics and Politics in Afghan Traditional Storytelling

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    This book presents an ethnopoetic translation and an interpretation of an evening of story­telling which took place in rural Afghanistan in 1975....

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  • Identity through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society

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    For people who live in small communities transformed by powerful outside forces, narrative accounts of culture contact and change create images o...

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  • One Perfect Pitch: How to Sell Your Idea, Your Product, Your Business--or Yourself

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    What’s YOUR story? In the hypercompetitive world of Silicon Valley, this question has replaced “What’s your pitch?” It’s another way of asking, “...

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  • Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies: Orality, Memory and the Transmission of Culture

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    In this book, Lynne Kelly explores the role of formal knowledge systems in small-scale oral cultures in both historic and archaeological contexts...

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