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ENGB03 Lecture 1

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Alexandra Peat

ENGB03: Critical Thinking About Narrative Lecture One January 13 th What makes a narrative? o Communicating a story, narrative is a description of an event o How we come to understand events, ourselves, other people, our world o How we remember the past, imagine the future o Narratives give shape to our lives, and they are given shape by our lives Is there something about humanity that is best expressed through storytelling? o Narrative is not only an art form, it is our way of communication Storyworld o To tell a story is to create a world (can seem close or far from our world) Close: gossip, far: Harry Potter o Narratives create worlds both implicitly and explicitly implies how to understand the context, mindset, and ideologies o We become aware of how the storyworld is created, but also aware of ourselves filling in the gaps o We can think of the storyworld as a representation of the world Key themes: o Narrative and Reality Organizing reality create a time frame story and narrative discourse We know time has elapsed when something has changed Stories that try to influence us can we believe them? EX: Story falling down the stairs (See lecture slides); narrative discourse how story is told The way a story is told directly influences how we understand it
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