Katra Byram


Over the last five years, media stories about tiny houses have become increasingly popular. While these narratives take many forms, stories written by people who built their own home often link the home construction to the author’s self-construction in a narrative framework that resembles the traditional bildungsroman. In doing so, they transform the genre; they recognize the material environment as a force in the individual’s development and, particularly in blogs, open its plot structure and make its story of individual development accessible to more writers. The analysis thus shows how media, narrative forms, and cultural ideals evolve together.