Spring 2012 meetings for the IPRH reading group (Narrative tellings, retellings, and remediaitons: Readings on situated discourse practice) are as follows:
Friday May 4, 2012 1:15-3:15 English 107a
The following background reading for this session is available at e-reserve for IPRH 2012-Prior:
Agha, Asif. (2005). Voice, Footing, Enregisterment. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 15, 38-59.
Friday, April 13, 1:15-3:15 at 107a English
Video games and other digital spaces of simulation are a key site for the remediation of narrative practice. Professor Karahalios will center her presentation on a forthcoming co-authored paper (Tao Dong, Mira Dontcheva, Diana Joseph, Karrie Karahalios, Mark W. Newman, Mark S. Ackerman) for CHI 2012 (the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) next month. Two readings from conference proceedings of earlier CHI meetings will also be discussed: “Labeling images with a computer game,“ Luis von Ahn and Laura Dabbish, CHI 2004; and “Designing games for learning: Insights from conversations with designers,” Katherine Isbister, Mary Flanagan, and Chelsea Hash. The readings for this meeting are available in e-reserves (here) under IPRH 2012 Prior and information on the group is available on the Center for Writing Studies website (here).
Friday, March 30 1:15-3:15 at 107a English
I will present some in-progress textual and intertextual analyses on women’s suicide writings – personal writings followed with suicides - in contemporary China. Particularly, I will introduce a two-month personal blogging of a young Chinese woman named Stone who committed suicide in urban Beijing in 2007 as well as the reception and transmission of her suicide and blog online. For discussion, excerpts from the blog and online commentaries will be circulated; fictional and legendary stories of women's suicides in Ming Qing (1368-1911) China will also be circulated.
I have tended to look at women's suicide writings in China as media of meaning making and Stone’s suicide blogging as creative and performative practice situated in and emergent from certain social and cultural contexts and dynamics - as part of a novelistic chronotope - rather than a manifestation of a depressive or suicidal entity. This analytical perspective was originally envisioned and articulated by Bakhtin (1981) in his chapters of “Epic and novel” and “Forms of time and chronotope in the novel” in The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays by M. M. Bakhtin.
To give an example of the textual approach to women's suicides in China that has greatly informed my work, I selected a book chapter by Grace Fong (2001) “Signifying bodies: The cultural significance of suicide writings by women in Ming-Qing China” in Passionate Women: Female Suicide in Late Imperial China as the primary reading. To give some alternative folk beliefs on women’s suicides in China, I selected the (male) anthropologist Wu Fei's (2006) Ph. D thesis chapter "Suicide and domestic injustice" in Living a Life of Fortune: Suicides of Chinese Peasants Women as another reading.
Readings available at e-reserve for IPRH 2012-Prior:
1) Fong, G. (2001). “Signifying bodies: The cultural significance of suicide writings by women in Ming-Qing China.” In Ropp, P. S. et al., (ed.) Passionate Women: Female Suicide in Late Imperial China. Brill Academic Publishers
2) Wu, F. (2006). "Suicide and domestic injustice". In Living a Life of Fortune: Suicides of Chinese Peasants Women. Ph. D Thesis, Harvard University.
Two background readings from: Bakhtin, M. (1981). The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays by M. M. Bakhtin. (edited by Michael Holquist, translated by Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist). Austin: University of Texas Press.
3) Extracts from "Forms of Time and Chronotope in the Novel" (pp. 84-85, 130-151, 250-259).
4) “Epic and Novel": the whole chapter, pp. 3-40.
Friday, March 2 1:15-3:15 at 107a English
The main reading for this session is an extract from Greg Myers’s Writing Biology: Texts in the Social Construction of Knowledge. It is available here as a pdf through t e-reserves, under IPRH 2012 Prior
The presentation will also refer to two texts available free on line:
“Girl Talk Tales, Causal Models, and the Dissertation: Exploring the Topical Contours of Context in Sociology Talk and Text.” http://wac.colostate.edu/llad/v1n1/prior.pdf
Remaking IO, Remaking Rhetoric: Semiotic Remediation as Situated Rhetorical Practice.
Friday, February 10 1:15-3:15 at 107a English
Reading (in the UIUC e-reserves here under IPRH 2012): Miller, Peggy J.; Shumin Lin & Heidi Fung. (in press). Discussion. In Miller, Peggy, Heidi Fung, Shumin Lin, Eva Chen (eds.), How Socialization Happens on the Ground: Narrative Practices as Alternate Socializing Pathways in Taiwanese and European-American Families (pp, 105-114). Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Monograph.
Fall 2011 Meetings
Friday, December 2 1:15-3:15 at 107 English
Reading: Bill Ellis. Chapter 10: What Really Happened at Gore Orphanage." From Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. University Press of Mississippi, 2001. 186-198. The reading is available on reserves (at IPRH 2011--Prior).
Upcoming: Our first meeting in the Spring will be on February 10, 2012 with Prof. Peggy Miller.
Friday, November 11 1:15-3:15 at 107 English
Reading (in the UIUC e-reserves under IPRH 2011): Bacon, Jean (1998). "Getting the Story Straight: Coming Out Narratives and the Possibility of a Cultural Rhetoric." World Englishes 17(2), 249-258.
Friday, October 21 1:15-3:15 at 107 English
I'm attaching three readings: two primary readings and one reference reading. (Click on the titles to download them from the library databases.)
The first primary reading, "'Whatever (Neck Roll, Eye Roll, Teeth Suck)': The Situated Coproduction of Social Categories and Identities Through Stancetaking and Transmodal Stylization," by Marjorie H. Goodwin and H. Samy Alim (2010), published in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology20.1: 179-194, is not directly about narrative, but it does provide a way to analyze embodied actions like gestures and describes key concepts like stancetaking and stylization, which I see at work in the Bachelorette data.
The second primary reading, “'Whorish Old Man' and 'One (Animal) Gentleman': The Intertextual Construction of Enemies and Selves," by John B. Haviland (2005), published in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 15.1: 81-94, describes how a series of narratives told over the course of thirty years contribute to the sedimentation of the teller's self-concept. I see the repeated recontextualizations of Ashley's gesture as doing similar work, though over a much shorter timeframe.
Finally, just for reference is a classic article by Richard Bauman and Charles Briggs, "Poetics and Performance as Critical Perspectives on Language and Social Life" (1990), published in the Annual Review of Anthropology 19: 59-88. It argues that concepts like entextualization, decontextualization, and recontextualization are crucial for studying performance(s) in linguistic anthropology and folklore.
Friday September 30 1:15-3:15 at 107a English
We're attaching two readings here (click on the title to download). The first, main reading, "Semiotic remediation, conversational narratives and aphasia" is Julie's chapter from Exploring semiotic remediation as discourse practice (2010). It sets up dialogic analysis of conversational narratives as semiotic remediation and then presents short analyses of three interactions involving individuals with aphasia and their routine communicative partners. Julie is planning to show some of the videotape of these interactions (which adds another dimension to the analysis).
We're also including a second reading that you might look at (and some may already know), a classic article, "Storytelling as a theory-building activity," by Elinor Ochs, Carolyn Talyor, Dina Rudolph, and Ruth Smith. It is interesting in part for the ways it illustrates dialogic arguments through and around everyday narratives.