Wednesday, April 9, 2008

GURT 2008 'Telling Stories' Report

I enjoyed attending the 2008 session (March 14-16) of the Georgetown University Roundtable (GURT), meeting other participants and listening to the presenters and keynote speakers. While the conference focused on the analysis of narratives, we heard some good stories in the process. Some of William Labov's example stories that he told left the audience on the edge of their seats. Richard Bauman shared some entertaining stories from tellers who made use of early audio equipment. Jerome Bruner, the last of our keynote speakers shared how jurisgenic stories shape law and how narratives help maintain culture.

As a result of attending the conference, I've gathered a long list of books I'd like to read and questions for further research.

Attached is my report.

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