MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Kelly Dorgan, Jane MacMorran, Delanna Reed
I sought to link, through this paper, cultural performances of identity through storytelling in Ireland, Scotland, and southern Appalachia. I evaluated storytelling practices, whether it was a public or private performance, using symbolic interactionism, dramatist theory, narrative paradigm, and performance theory. The author studied abroad in Ireland and Scotland through the East Tennessee State University Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies Program and experienced an array of stories. She then evaluated her own experiences with storytelling from growing up in southern Appalachia and visited the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. The research is rooted in grounded theory from ethnographies, with themes emerging from the field notes. The themes reinforced the theories evaluated tied the cultures together through history.
Thesis - Open Access
Tull, Annalee, "Telling Tales as Oral Performance: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Storytelling in Ireland, Scotland and Southern Appalachia" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2357. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2357
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