For more than a decade, Gail Rosen has told the powerful Holocaust story gifted to her by survivor Hilda Stem Cohen. At the request of the Healing Story Alliance, Gail crafted her own story, Choose Hope, of the journey that has unfolded for her as she told Hilda’s story. This paper examines the potency of Rosen’s experience crafting and telling this second story as a reflexive process that serves to expand her learning about herself, the world, and the original story she crafted based on her interviews with Hilda. The essay further considers how this reflexivity is bound up with the notion of living story and story aliveness. Included is the full text of Choose Hope as Rosen performed it in 2006.
Tyler, Jo A. and Rosen, Gail
"The Story Holds Its Heart: Living Story Expression in Reflexive Storytelling,"
Storytelling, Self, Society:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol4/iss2/4