The Stories We Are: An Essay on Self-Creation, Second Edition

By William Lowell Randall
Foreword by Ruthellen Josselson

© 2014

From time to time we all tend to wonder what sort of “story” our life might comprise: what it means, where it is going, and whether it hangs together as a whole. In The Stories We Are, William Lowell Randall explores the links between literature and life and speculates on the range of storytelling styles through which people compose their lives. In doing so, he draws on a variety of fields, including psychology, psychotherapy, theology, philosophy, feminist theory, and literary theory.

Using categories like plot, character, point of view, and style, Randall plays with the possibility that we each make sense of the events of our lives to the extent that we weave them into our own unfolding novel, as simultaneously its author, narrator, main character, and reader. In the process, he offers us a unique perspective on features of our day-to-day world such as secrecy, self-deception, gossip, prejudice, intimacy, maturity, and the proverbial “art of living.”

First published in 1995, this second edition of The Stories We Are includes a new preface and afterword by the author that offer insight into his argument and evolution as a scholar, as well as an illuminating foreword by Ruthellen Josselson.

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William Lowell Randall explores the links between literature and life and speculates on the range of storytelling styles through which people compose their lives. In doing so, he draws on a variety of fields, including psychology, psychotherapy, theology, philosophy, feminist theory, and literary theory.

The Stories We Are: An Essay on Self-Creation, Second Edition

By William Lowell Randall
Foreword by Ruthellen Josselson

© 2014

From time to time we all tend to wonder what sort of “story” our life might comprise: what it means, where it is going, and whether it hangs together as a whole. In The Stories We Are, William Lowell Randall explores the links between literature and life and speculates on the range of storytelling styles through which people compose their lives. In doing so, he draws on a variety of fields, including psychology, psychotherapy, theology, philosophy, feminist theory, and literary theory.

Using categories like plot, character, point of view, and style, Randall plays with the possibility that we each make sense of the events of our lives to the extent that we weave them into our own unfolding novel, as simultaneously its author, narrator, main character, and reader. In the process, he offers us a unique perspective on features of our day-to-day world such as secrecy, self-deception, gossip, prejudice, intimacy, maturity, and the proverbial “art of living.”

First published in 1995, this second edition of The Stories We Are includes a new preface and afterword by the author that offer insight into his argument and evolution as a scholar, as well as an illuminating foreword by Ruthellen Josselson.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “[Randall] provides an incredible wealth of information ... A serious study enhanced by a knowledge of several disciplines.”
    J.S. Gabin
    CHOICE

    “A rich and comprehensive investigation into the metaphor of life as story ... The Stories We Are is a well-written and well thought out work. It presents a very complex metaphor in a not simple but coherent and effective manner. It is a fascinating journey through the life as story metaphor.”
    Gary Kenyon
    Canadian Journal on Aging

    “Bill Randall’s artistry and vitality provide an important point of reference, a work of some imagination and artistry, to assist many others on the journey. For this, we owe him a great debt.”
    Linden West
    International Journal of Lifelong Education

    “In this meaty, heavily referenced, and insightful book, William Lowell Randall ... speaks to both literary and psychological establishments about the importance of stories to our definition of ourselves.”
    Cynthia Whissell
    Canadian Book Review Annual

    “While many authors have detailed the many branches of self and story-making that constitute human life, few have done so with the range of scholarship and intellectual thoroughness that infuses Randall’s classic book.”
    Ruthellen Josselson, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University
  • Author Information

    William Lowell Randall is a professor in the Department of Gerontology at St. Thomas University.
  • Table of contents

    Foreword

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    Prologue

    I. The Aesthetics Of Living

    Introduction

    The Question of Creativity

    The Creation of the Self

    The Means of Self-Creation

    The Story of My Life

    The Art of Living

    Summary

    II. Life And Literature

    Introduction

    The Allure of Story

    The Links between Story and Life

    The Element of Plot

    The Element of Character

    The Element of Point of View

    The Stories of Our Lives

    Summary

    III. The Poetics Of Learning

    Introduction

    The Autobiographical Imperative

    The Re-storying of Our Souls

    The Novel-ty of Our Lives

    The Stories We Leave Untold

    The Range of Storying Styles

    The Art of Living Reconsidered

    Summary

    Epilogue

    Afterword

    Notes

    References

    Index

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