Storytellers - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Communication and Information

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Storytellers are a significant voice of culture, and their storytelling takes myriad forms, from anecdote to ballad, film, and novel. The focus of this entry is on the storyteller as oral narrator and on the unique practice of oral craft. Unlike the processes of writing and image-making, which result in tangible or virtual formats that are saleable as products in commercial/professional venues, the greatest work of a storyteller often seems to evaporate into the ether of oral tradition. The words of storytellers may permeate the minds and hearts of listeners—or, through repetition, entire cultures—without leaving physical traces. Yet the intellectual and emotional impact of effective storytellers is undeniable, whether they perform at home, on stage, in classrooms, libraries, corporate boardrooms, or in a broad range of other locales. Some people make a living as professional storytellers; many more use storytelling, consciously or unconsciously, to enhance...

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