Situational storytelling for children and young adults in Bengali households: a study of texts in contexts

Roy, Purna (2013) Situational storytelling for children and young adults in Bengali households: a study of texts in contexts. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This thesis is an ethnographic study of storytelling traditions in Bengali households in Calcutta, India. I examine and analyze situational storytelling traditions in private family settings and show how sessions serve the dual purpose of entertaining and instilling in children a sense of cultural norms and values. It is an investigation of the telling of oral folk narratives, observing the narrators and the audiences as a complex whole, in expressing a culture. I explore situational storytelling sessions in family settings from three perspectives: i) the contexts and situations under which stories are told ii) what meanings the stories hold in the life of the narrator and iii) how stories are used as a medium of social control. I also analyze how the genre and content of women's stories reflect their perspectives on their positions in the family and how these narratives lend women a voice to express their deepest feelings and thoughts in the garb of a simple tale.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 11365
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 167-172).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Folklore
Date: 2013
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Storytelling--India--Calcutta; Folklore and children--Indian--Calcutta; Children's stories, Bengali--Indian--Calcutta; Women, Bengali--Indian--Calcutta--Social life and customs.

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