This essay creatively evidences the materiality of a story and its ability to migrate and evolve. It does so by critiquing the non-human limitations of binary onto-epistemologies, especially visual/discursive ones. Here stories and words have lives, bodies, and agency and as such they matter, but that matter is not material. The mattering of stories is not contingent upon human telling or hearing. Stories linger where humans disappear. An ecomaterialist reading suggests we might productively decouple storytelling (stories about us) from storied matter (stories with autonomy).
A Story Is Not a Thing (but It Does Have a Life)
Anne M. Harris is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Education at RMIT University. Correspondence to: Anne M. Harris, School of Education, RMIT University, 80–92 Victoria Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Anne M. Harris; A Story Is Not a Thing (but It Does Have a Life). Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2018; 7 (4): 25–29. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.4.25
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