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Narrative Culture

Edited by Sheila Bock and Elo-Hanna Seljamaa

Subjects: Anthropology, Art, Children's Literature, Cultural Studies, Fairy-Tale Studies, Film Theory and Criticism, Folklore, Humor, Language and Literature, Performance Studies, Popular Culture, Theater

Published 2 times per year
ISSN 2169-0235
E-ISSN 2169-0251

H-Index: 4

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Narrative Culture is affiliated with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR). 


Narrative Culture claims narration as a broad and pervasive human practice, warranting a holistic perspective to grasp its place comparatively across time and space. Inviting contributions that document, discuss, and theorize narrative culture, the journal seeks to offer a platform that integrates approaches spread across numerous disciplines. The field of narrative culture thus outlined is defined by a large variety of forms of popular narratives, including not only oral and written texts, but also narratives in images, three-dimensional art, customs, rituals, drama, dance, music, and so forth. Research focused on authored literary works falls outside the scope of this journal.


Narrative Culture
Volume 10, Number 2, Fall 2023

Guest editors: Frederike Middelhoff and Arnika Peselmann

The Stories Plants Tell: An Introduction to Vegetal Narrative Cultures
Frederike Middelhoff and Arnika Peselmann

A Philosophy of Stories Plants Tell
Michael Marder

Narrative Trees: Arboreal Storytelling and What It Means for Reading
Solvejg Nitzke

Plants as Inventors: Interrogating Human Exceptionalism within Narratives of Law and Vegetal Life
Laura A . Foster

I Dream of Seeing the Steppe Again: Plant Stories in the Context of Russia’s War on Ukraine
Darya Tsymbalyuk

“Stories are seeds. We need to learn how to sow other stories about plants.”
Natasha Myers in conversation with Frederike Middelhoff and Arnika Peselmann

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