9780415247979

On Stories

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415247979

  • ISBN10:

    0415247977

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-12-07
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Drawing on the work of James Joyce, the story of Sigmund Freud's patient Dora and the case of Oscar Schindler, Richard Kearney skillfully illuminates how stories are deep at work in fictional writing, autobiography and psychoanalysis and above all, in attempts to talk of the "self." He also considers the stories of nations and how these affect the way a national identity can emerge from stories. He looks at the stories of Romulus and Remus in the founding of Rome, the hidden agenda of stories in the antagonism between Britain and Ireland, and how stories of alienation in film such asAliensandMen in Blackreveal often disturbing narratives at work in projections of North American national identity.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part One Where do Stories Come From? 1(14)
Where do Stories Come From?
3(12)
Part Two Three Case Histories: Daedalus, Dora, Schindler 15(62)
From History to Story: The Case of Stephen Daedalus
17(14)
Whose Story is it Anyway? The Case of Dora
31(16)
Testifying to History: The Case of Schindler
47(14)
The Paradox of Testimony
61(16)
Part Three National Narratives: Rome, Britain, America 77(46)
Introduction
79(5)
Roman Foundation Myths: Aeneas and Romulus
84(7)
Britain and Ireland: A Tale of Siamese Twins
91(11)
America and its `Others': Frontier Stories
102(16)
Conclusion: Border Crossings
118(5)
Part Four Narrative Matters 123(34)
Narrative Matters
125(32)
Notes 157(34)
Index 191

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