A Chronicle of Mentoring Narrative Scholarship


  • Molly Andrews University of East London


mentorship, community building, intergenerational scholarship


There are many aspects of Catherine Kohler Riessman's narrative scholarship which have established her international reputation in the field. This contribution pays tribute to the role she has played as a mentor, both through her written work and in her practice. Mentoring, which is time-consuming and painstaking work, is a critical but widely unacknowledged aspect of scholarship, which is often portrayed as an individual endeavor, the accomplishment of the name or names which appear on the publications. The article argues that all scholars are part of a larger cycle, situated mid-stream, between those who have come before and those who will follow. There are many questions surrounding the meaning of mentorship: who should do it and who receive it; if and how it should be institutionalized, calibrated, and recognized; and more. Taking Riessman's example as its focus, the article critically examines the importance of mentoring and its role in forming, sustaining, and nourishing community.


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How to Cite

Andrews, M. (2021). A Chronicle of Mentoring Narrative Scholarship. Narrative Works, 10, 96 – 106. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/NW/article/view/31907