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Récits de vie et medias (review)

Récits de vie et medias (review) Reviews 595 story in the present and in the future, and to help me negotiate the rapids which have few markings one can count on to show the way. Influenced by social constructivism and feminist writings, Ray illumi- nates how the presentation of life stories is about memory, creativity, and renaissance, and is not simply a life review memoir. Through personal nar- ratives in relational settings such as groups, Ray asserts that the presentation and reworking of life stories creates meaning which gives rise to change, growth, and indeed adult development. “The interesting question for age researchers,” she writes, is not merely how age is reflected in the telling of everyday life stories, but also how it functions developmentally [my emphasis]. How might age-inflected stories push storytellers and their audience in the direction of change—emotionally, intellectu- ally, and socially? (35) Ray’s book could be a primer for writing groups with older adults, but it is much more than this. Ray’s work could also be a model for scholarship, but it is much more than that as well. It sensitively integrates writings by other authors about seniors, and the current ideas concerning them, and contains an extensive bibliography. But with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Récits de vie et medias (review)

Biography , Volume 24 (3) – Jun 1, 2001

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Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 Biographical Research Center.
ISSN
0162-4962
eISSN
1529-1456

Abstract

Reviews 595 story in the present and in the future, and to help me negotiate the rapids which have few markings one can count on to show the way. Influenced by social constructivism and feminist writings, Ray illumi- nates how the presentation of life stories is about memory, creativity, and renaissance, and is not simply a life review memoir. Through personal nar- ratives in relational settings such as groups, Ray asserts that the presentation and reworking of life stories creates meaning which gives rise to change, growth, and indeed adult development. “The interesting question for age researchers,” she writes, is not merely how age is reflected in the telling of everyday life stories, but also how it functions developmentally [my emphasis]. How might age-inflected stories push storytellers and their audience in the direction of change—emotionally, intellectu- ally, and socially? (35) Ray’s book could be a primer for writing groups with older adults, but it is much more than this. Ray’s work could also be a model for scholarship, but it is much more than that as well. It sensitively integrates writings by other authors about seniors, and the current ideas concerning them, and contains an extensive bibliography. But with

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 1, 2001

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