Rain city chronicles: storytelling and authenticity in Vancouver, BC

Bethune, Caitlin (2015) Rain city chronicles: storytelling and authenticity in Vancouver, BC. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis folkloristically examines a Vancouver-based storytelling night called “Rain City Chronicles,” founded in 2009. Specifically, this thesis examines issues of the performance of truth in storytelling, as well as the folk aesthetic of the event – in particular, what makes a “good story.” Stories at Rain City are supposed to be “true” and “personal,” and therefore fall into the category of personal experience narratives. Through narrative analysis and interviews of past storytellers, I determine that the most memorable Rain City storytellers use humor, authenticity, and storytelling skill to connect with the audience. Ultimately, I show that Rain City narratives have much in common with contemporary legends, as well as with folktale and stand-up comedy.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9741
Item ID: 9741
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 132-143).
Keywords: authenticity, storytelling, personal narrative, personal experience narrative, belonging, identity, Vancouver, folklore
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Folklore
Date: August 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: British Columbia--Vancouver
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Storytelling--British Columbia--Vancouver; Storytellers--British Columbia--Vancouver; Urban folklore--British Columbia--Vancouver; Legends--British Columbia--Vancouver

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