1997: Story: From Fireplace to Cyberspace
Allerton Park Institute Proceedings (no. 39, 1997); Edited by Betsy Hearne, Janice M. Del Negro, Christine Jenkins, and Deborah Stevenson
Stories live everywhere, but they rarely stay in one place. Despite our attempts to classify, codify, and construe them, stories keep moving too mercurially to fit intellectual categories. Stories also shapechange. They shrink or expand depending on the listener, the medium, the time, the place, and the teller. So a storytelling conference becomes an organic experience and planning one is like lassoing an amoeba. What do you catch and how do you keep it? Or, less figuratively, what do you include and how do you preserve it? We decided on a program that incorporated both telling stories and telling about stories, both practical and theoretical approaches, both oral and literary forms, with some graphics thrown in for good measure. What's in this book is only partially what happened during the conference a little more, a little less. The papers are revised, the tellings only described.
The complete text of the Institute is available here as well as the individual papers. The papers included here are:
- Introduction - Betsy Hearne
- Storytelling in the school library media center - Anne Shimojima
- Tangled in the web: Storytelling, communiction and controversy - Karen Morgan
- The storytelling festival as ritualization of the storytelling revival mythos - Joseph Daniel Sobol
- Midwife, witch, and woman-child: Metaphor for a matriarchal profession - Betsy Hearne
- Evaluating stories for diverse audiences - Malore I. Brown
- Book linking to story - Judith O'Malley
- Narrative in picture books, or, The paper that should have had slides - Deborah Stevenson
- Construction, illustration, and a plethora of pigs: Reflections on a lecture by Arthur Geisert - Deborah Stevenson
- The cycle of story: From fireplace to marketplace or, "The Kids Keep Tearing Their Jeans" - Christine Jenkins
- For story's sake: Reading as its own reward - Janice M. Del Negro
- Conclusion - Christine Jenkins
- Appendix A: Storytelling in the School Library Media Center: Bibliography and Resources - Anne Shimojima
Appendix B: Evaluating sources for diverse audiences: Annotated bibliography of research tools - Malore I. Brown
- Appendix C: Allerton Park Institute 1997 Discography - Janice M. Del Negro
Appendix D: Resources for storytellers: An annotated bibliography - Loretta Gaffney
Appendix E: Storycrafting: Retelling Old Tales, a Bibliography - Janice M. Del Negro
The Proceedings of the Allerton Park Institute have been digitized through the Open Content Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998)I would suggest that in the liminoid spaces of storytelling festivals, where the primary communal mythos of the revival is being built, the ancient story of transgression and redemption is woven again, in metaphoric resonance ...
(Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998)Storytelling is more than just entertainment, as we know. It is a powerful educational tool for the classroom or the library media center. Everyone loves a good story, and stories are the perfect vehicles for teaching and ...
(Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998)The need to know and the need to tell drives storytelling, drives learning and fuels understanding. Whether formal or informal, oral or written, stories tell children they are included in the community. Books share with ...
For storytellers, story listeners, and lovers of stories, becoming tangled in the Web involves as many opportunities and ensnarements as there are interested individuals. The Internet has locations which provide ...
It's a measure of the power of storytelling, I suppose, or at least the power of Arthur Geisert's storytelling, that after two days of intense concentration on the topic of story we were still seduced into rapt attention ...