Nar04
Storytelling, story-dwelling: home, crisis, and transformation in fiction and scholarship

Convenors:
Francisco Vaz da Silva (ISCTE-IUL)
Nemanja Radulovic (Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University)
Stream:
Narrative
Location:
VG 3.101
Start time:
28 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

We invite ethnologists, folklorists and scholars in related fields to revisit narratives in every genre (from folklore to film) through the lens of home and dwelling. We also welcome reflections on how we (scholars as well as folk) dwell in stories as we negotiate a sense of reality.

Long abstract:

For this panel, we invite narrative studies of home(s) as well as investigations on dwellings in narratives in every genre from folklore to film: oral, written, or visual. We encourage ethnologists, folklorists and scholars in related fields to revisit central areas of their research through the lens of dwelling: narratives on turning place into home and wilderness into cosmos, on segregated dwellings for the dispossessed, on makeshift arrangements for crisis and transformation, on the joys and discontents of home and the lack thereof. Narrating in word and image is a powerful way to evoke dwellings that once were homes or that might yet be so. Recognising that home narratives encompass plural moral universes, haunted as well idyllic aspects, shortcomings and crisis as well growth and nurturance, we ask things like: What sort of dwellings do wandering heroes visit (think Odysseus, Lancelot), what kind of home do they retire to? What do urban legends and life stories have to say on perilous dwellings and the home? What kind of place is the fabled dragons den in fairy tales and epics? What about the makeshift huts of ritual settings? We also wonder about story dwelling. Authors frequently testify that they have been possessed by their stories, mythologists sometimes state they have been drunk on fairy tales and myths. How do we dwell in our stories, how far do they possess us? What is the power of story dwelling?