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  1. ‘Big stories’ and ‘small stories’ • The narrative canon • Narrative as representations/a specific kind of text • Departure from the canon • Narratives as (inter)actions/social practices (‘small stories’) • What is the role of ethnography? Mike Baynham (Leeds) & Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London)

  2. Narrative canonsmall stories • From stories about ‘the self’, typically ‘long’, teller-led, of ‘past’ and ‘single’ non-shared events  • SMALL STORIES for a variety of under-represented activities: ongoing stories, about future/hypothetical events, intertextually linked, typically ‘small’ ---------- ‘re-tellings’, allusions to tellings, deferrals of telling, refusals to tell; co-constructions

  3. ‘Small stories’ research and ethnography (I) • The role of ethnography in • “Rescuing narrative from qualitative research” (Atkinson & Delamont, 2006)  • Emic understandings that can help expand the prototype • Tracking trajectories/ speech chains (Agha 2005)

  4. ‘Small stories’ research and ethnography II • “Ways of telling” (Hymes 1996) • Activities (Hanks 1996) – sites of engagement (Scollon & Scollon 2004) • Tellers (cf. historical bodies, social evaluations)

  5. ‘small stories’“narratives-in-interaction” • Breaking news • Projections • Shared stories -------- references • Updates • Natural histories: Retellings, (cross) references, recontextualizations, intertextually linked