As Thomas King afffirmed in his 2003 Massey Lectures, “the truth about stories is that that’s all we are” (2). This is why I am genuinely excited about this new journal, Narrative Culture, and find myself responding somewhat foolheartedly to its editors’ call for an opinion piece.1 What is the scope of narrative culture? What are some of the challenges and opportunities the framework of narrative culture poses to specific disciplines? What in this framework can the place of folk narratives and folk-narrative scholars be? The stories about stories I tell here in answer to these questions can only be informed by the stories—experiential, historical, imaginative, place-based, and scholarly—I know. The stories about stories I hope to read in Narrative Culture would move us to engage with “narrative cultures” in the plural as situated and interrelated practices where knowledges, desires, and conflicts are negotiated within and across worldly storytelling networks.
"Narrative Cultures, Situated Story Webs, and the Politics of Relation,"
Narrative Culture: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/narrative/vol2/iss1/3