Narrative Bibliography

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Narrative Theory and Research

Compiled by Dr. Gian S. Pagnucci


Narrative Theory (18 books, 5 articles)

(on how we think and make meaning through our stories)


Narrative Theories (11books, 5 articles)

(on how people are storytelling creatures by nature)


Bakhtin, M. M. The Dialogic Imagination.


Bruner, J. (1990). Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Bruner, Jerome. (1986)  Actual minds, possible worlds.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard UniversityPress.


Cohan, S., & Shires, L. M. (1988). Telling stories. A theoretical analysis of narrative fiction. New York: Routledge.


DiPardo, Anne.  (1990). "Narrative Knowers, Expository Knowledge:  Discourse As a Dialectic." Written Communication 7.1: 59-95.


Morton, Kathryn. (1986). "The Storytelling Animal."  The Writer 99: 3-4.


Pagnucci, G. S., & Abt-Perkins, D.  (1992). “The Never Making Sense Story: Reassessing the Value of Narrative.” English Journal, 81: 54-58.


Percy, W.  (1991).  Signposts in a strange land.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


Polanyi, Michael. (1962). Personal knowledge:  Towards a post-critical philosophy.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Polkinghorne. Narrative knowing and the human sciences.


Postman, Neil. (1989).  "Learning by Story."  The Atlantic 264 Dec.: 119-24.


Ricoeur, P. (1984). Time and narrative. (Vol. 1). (K. McLaughlin & D. Pellauer, Trans.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.


Rosen, H.  (1984).  Stories and meanings.  London:  NATE.


Rosen, Harold. (1986). "The Importance of Story."  Language Arts 63 Mar.: 226-237.


Schank, R. (1990). Tell me a story. A new look at real and artificial memory. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.


White, H. (1987). The content of the form. Narrative discourse and historical representation. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.



Fiction (7 books)

(literary accounts of how we make meaning thru stories; also discusses the nature and value of telling stories)


Kundera, M. (1986). The book of laughter and forgetting. (M. H. Heim, Trans.). New York: Penguin Books.


O'Brien, T. The things they carried.


O'Brien, T. In the lake of the woods.


Silko, L. M. (1986). Ceremony. New York: Penguin Books.


Tan, A. The joy luck club.


The princess bride


The red tent




Narrative Methodology (10 books; 1 article)

(reporting research in narrative form as well as collecting narrative accounts)



Conducting Narrative Research (4 books, 1 article)

(on  ethical and practical considerations for collecting narrative research data)


Behar, R. (1996). The vulnerable observer. Anthropology that breaks your heart. Boston: Beacon Press.


Bruner, J.  (1988).  "Research currents: Life as narrative."  Language Arts, 65(6), 575-83.


Clifford, J., & Marcus, G. E. (Eds.). (1986). Writing culture. The poetics and politics of ethnography. Berkeley: The University of California Press.


Conneley and Clandinin. Narrative Inquiry


Mishler, E. G. (1986). Research interviewing. Context and narrative. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.



Narrative Report Writing Style (6 books, 0 articles)

(on how to write narrative research reports)


Kundera, M. (1988). The art of the novel. New York: Harper and Row.


Leith, D., & Myerson, G. (1989). The power of address. Explorations in rhetoric. New York: Routledge.


Meyer, R. J. (1996). Stories from the heart. Teachers and students researching their literacy lives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Sims, N., (Ed.). (1984). The literary journalists. New York: Ballantine Books.


Van Maanen, J. (1988). Tales of the field. On writing ethnography. Chicago. The University of Chicago Press.


Wolcott, H. F. (1990). Writing up qualitative research. Newbury Park, CA: Sage University Press.




Narrative Pedagogy (13 books, 4 articles)

(on using narratives to understand what teaching is and how best to carry it out)



Teaching Thru  Stories (5 books, 4 articles)

(on using stories as teaching tools)


Abt-Perkins, D., & Pagnucci, G. S. From tourist to storyteller: reading and writing science. (1993). In S. Tchudi (Ed.), The astonishing curriculum: Integrating science and humanities through language, (pp. 99-111). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.


Coles, R. (1989). The call of stories. Teaching and the moral imagination. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.


Egan, Kieran.  Teaching as story telling.  Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press, 1986.


Flower, Linda S.  "Writer-based Prose:  A Cognitive Basis for Problems in Writing." College English 41 (1979):  19-37. (offers a counterpoint to teaching thru stories)


Martin, Kathleen and Etta Miller. (1988). "Storytelling and Science."  Language Arts 65 Mar.: 255-59.


Paley, V. G. (1990). The boy who would be a helicopter. The uses of storytelling in the classroom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Roe, Betty D., Alfred, Suellen, & Smith, Sandy (1998). Teaching through

stories: Yours, mine, and theirs. Norwood, MA: Chrisotpher-Gordon Publishers,


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Norwood, MA 02062



Rogers, Annie. A shining affliction. (about the personal nature of teaching [therapy] and research)


Warawa, Bonnie. (1989).  "Write Me the Story:  Responding to Literature through Storytelling."  English Journal 78 Feb.: 48-50.


Williams, William Carlos. The doctor stories.



Stories about Teachers (8 books, 0 articles)

(accounts of teachers’ lives)


Blitz, M., & Hurlbert, C. M. (1998). Letters for the living. Teaching writing in a violent age. Urbana, IL: NCTE.


Freedman, S. G. (1990). Small victories. The real world of a teacher, her students, and their high school. New York: Harper & Row.


Khol, H. (1988). 36 Children. New York (?): Plume.


Miller, J. L. (1990). Creating spaces and finding voices. Teachers collaborating for empowerment. New York: State University of New York Press.


Rose, M. (1989). Lives on the boundary. A moving account of the struggles and achievements of America's educational underclass. New York: Penguin.


Schaafsma, David. Eating on the street. Teaching literacy in a multicultural world.


Trimmer, J. F. (1997). Narration as knowledge. Tales of the teaching life. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


Villanueva, V., Jr. (1993). Bootstraps. From an American Academic of Color. Urbana, IL: NCTE.


Comp Tales


Uncategorized Material


Rosenblatt, Louise M. (1991). Letter.  English Education.  23.1:  60-61.


(1993). The place of story in the study of teaching and teacher education from the Educational Researcher 22 (1) January/February.


Stories lives tell


Sample Comprehensive Exam Questions about Narrative

·        How do we use narratives to make sense of the world?

·        What is narrative research and why is it important?

·        How can we use narratives to better understand teaching?


Journals for Publishing Teacher Narratives

·        English Education

·        English Journal

·        The Journal of Ordinary Thought

·        Narrative

·        River Teeth

·        Writing on the Edge








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