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Title: The storytelling festival as ritualization of the storytelling revival mythos
Author(s): Sobol, Joseph Daniel
Subject(s): Storytelling
Abstract: 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 with the stories told from the stage. A powerful subtext of these outward performances is the wonder tale of the storyteller herself, framed by the magic circle of the festival spotlight as the hero/ine of a cultural quest. Through the pilgrimage of the performing artist's path, she seeks to redeem society from its Hamlin-like sin of denying story and the primal unity that is story's gift. The storytelling festival became, for its most involved participants, a way of enacting a ritualized happy ending to the tale of the storyteller's journey. For the teller on stage, the festival is a homecoming, a redemption, a wedding of teller to traditions and to an idealized community. For the committed audience, the festival is redeeming, too: a homecoming to a kingdom in which storytelling is restored to its rightful place at the center of community life.
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In B.Hearne, J.M.Del Negro, C.Jenkins, and D.Stevenson (eds) Story, from fireplace to cyberspace : connecting children and narrative (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute held October 26-28, 1997): 24-36.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (39th : 1997)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 0878451056
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-17

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