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Culture and Narrative Style



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Culture and Narrative Style The ways people interpret and retell stories is often determined by cultural norms Each of us is brought up in an interpretive community which tells us how to understand stories and how to convey them to others Tamar Liebes conducted a study in which she asked respondents to retell an episode of the American soap opera Dallas The purpose was to examine the relationship between cultural background and choice of narrative form Using interview methods Liebes assembled 54 five to six person groups and asked them How would you retell the episode you just saw to somebody who has not seen it Groups were chosen from different subcultures in Israel Arabs Moroccan Jews Russian immigrants and second generation Israelis living in a kibbutz and from second generation Americans in Los Angeles Although Liebes expected to see differences in narrative form used by these groups there were no specific hypotheses about these differences The research strategy was to let the responses suggest the direction of the analysis The research team began by reading a sample of responses This reading showed three basic types of retellings The first of these narrative strategies was labeled linear here the retelling followed a sequential story line The second called segmented focused on a description of the personality of characters in the episode The final strategy was thematic here respondents ignored events and character in order to explain the moral of the story Liebes did an independent textual analysis of the story The episode consisted of two interwoven parallel plots Sue Ellen has left J R and taken her child while Pam has attempted suicide Both J R and Bobby resort to illegal acts to gain possession of a child J R using kidnapping and Bobby deciding to buy a baby Thus the story was a complex combination of several story lines Having determined the episode s structure the author s next step was to examine how each group decided to retell it Results showed that



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