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|Title: ||The contemporary storyteller in context: a study of storytelling in modern society|
|Authors: ||Ryan, Patrick|
|Issue Date: ||2003|
|Citation: ||Ryan, P. (2003) The contemporary storyteller in context: a study of storytelling in modern society. Unpublished PhD thesis. University of Glamorgan.|
|Abstract: ||Professional storytellers and their work over the past three decades have been
acknowledged as a field worthy of study by many scholars. While drawing from
traditional sources and abstract concepts concerning what is traditional storytelling,
contemporary storytelling practitioners' methods often focus on stories and the act
of telling devoid of contexts and the evolution of storytelling in modern society.
They rely on out-dated terminology and methods which folklorists have long since
abandoned. Similarly, contemporary storytellers and storytelling enthusiasts neglect
the past and current influences arising from literature, performance art, and new
electronic media in the formation of their identities and their work.
This thesis draws upon current theories in performance, folklore, literature and
cognitive science to understand some manifestations of contemporary storytelling.
Literary criticism and folklore, particularly, are beginning to make extensive use of
cognitive theories to develop a more useful critical language for analysis. The
thesis makes use of interviews with professional and traditional storytellers, video
and audio recordings of professional and traditional storytellers' performances, and
a journal recording and analysing the student's own experiences as a professional
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