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Telling to Understand

The Impact of Narrative on Autobiographical Memory

Authors: Smorti, Andrea

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  • Explores the problem of “voice” in the relations between memory and narrative
  • Situates questions surrounding narrative within a wider scientific-cultural context
  • Offers an understanding of narrative theory and the autobiographical self for the internet age
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This book illustrates the link that unites memory, thought, and narration, and explores how the act of telling helps people to understand themselves and others. The structure of the book is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the aspect of narrative comprehension—the person as narrator. It identifies two different origins of narrative comprehension (memory and play) and argues that the narratives we produce starting from autobiographical memory are intended to give order and meaning to events that happened in the past, in order to be able to interpret the present. Conversely, the narratives we produce starting from play are aesthetically constructed, not forced to respect reality, and because of this create potential new worlds of understanding. The second part of this book is devoted to the study of narrative understanding as an understanding of the other. Chapters examine the different points of view a listener can adopt in order to interpret the text produced by a narrator and how these points of view can interact with each other. The book concludes with a consideration of narrative comprehension in the digital world, and examines the principal effects of stories and narrative on the notion of self in the realm of the “Internet galaxy.”

Telling to Understand will be of interest to researchers and students in cognitive science, psychology, literary studies, philosophy, education, and educational technology, as well as any reader interested in enlarging their concept of narrative and how narrating modifies the self.

About the authors

Andrea Smorti has a master degree in Philosophy (University of Florence), a specialization in School Psychology (University of Siena) and in Sport Psychology (University of Rome). He was Dean of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Florence and he is currently a University Professor in Developmental Psychology in the School of Psychology - University of Florence. Using a Cultural Psychology stance in the last three decades he has been studying the problem of autobiographical narrative in different personal and social contexts, with particular regard to painful and illness experiences. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-43161-7
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Telling to Understand
Book Subtitle
The Impact of Narrative on Autobiographical Memory
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43161-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43161-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43160-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 256
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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