Different Listener and Teller Positions, Different Narratives
Keywords:positioning, intimate partner violence, personal narrative, teller/listener interaction, interview, multi-layered narrative
By comparing two interviews with women exposed to their husbands' violence, this article shows that an exploration of the many layers of a personal narrative is not a straightforward linear process, but a circular one. Based on the analysis of one of Catherine Riessman's case stories and one of the author's, the article further shows that a narrative can change dramatically if the tellers' and/or listeners' positions change during the interview.
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