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Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling
Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling

Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Narration as Therapy


208 Pages, 5.75 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $45.95 (US $45.95) (CA $51.95)

Publication Date: February 2014

ISBN 9789187351150

Rights: US, CA, AU, NZ & SAM

Nordic Academic Press (Feb 2014)


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In this cross-disciplinary study, a group of researchers critically examine the ways in which narrative—that is, written and told stories and legends—might aid in coping with traumatic or stressful life situations and with the emotions that these situations engender. Starting with an introduction of basic narrative theories and the therapeutic effects of storytelling, the book moves on to a series of lucid case studies. The contributors present a diversity of material, such as weblogs, poetry, magazines, memoirs, and oral accounts from antiquity to the present. With a diversity of perspectives—the contributors hail from a variety of fields, including folkloristics, psychology, writing studies, poetry therapies, and classical studies—this book benefits specialists in a number of different disciplines, as well as individuals interested in the possibility of inner exploration sparked by storytelling.

Author Biography

Camilla Asplund Ingemark is an academic folklorist and the author of The Genre of Trolls: The Case of a Finland-Swedish Folk Belief Tradition.