Our introduction aims to contest narrative as an anthropocentric proper and delineates current theories, methods, and challenges of conceiving plants as both storytellers and storied matter. Our issue fits into the larger frame of a recent “vegetal turn” within the humanities that has long been used to find plants marginal, mute, or symbolic supplements to human stories. The introduction, therefore, focuses on forms of vegetal creativity and narrativity. It explores vegetal narrative cultures emerging when (1) plants co-author and shape narrative practices, (2) plant stories partake in the creation of multispecies societies, and (3) plant articulations are embedded in narrative contexts.
Middelhoff, Frederike and Peselmann, Arnika
"The Stories Plants Tell: An Introduction to Vegetal Narrative Cultures,"
Narrative Culture: Vol. 10:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/narrative/vol10/iss2/2