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Reading Narrative
Reading narrative

What we ‘look for’ is un/fortunately what we shall find…. It is perhaps difficult for an analytical or analytically trained mind to admit that recording, gathering, sorting, deciphering, analyzing and synthesizing, dissecting and articulating are already ‘imposing our [a] structure,’ a structural activity.… Rare are those who realize that what they come up with is not ‘structure of their narratives’ but a reconstruction of the story.

—Trinh (1989, pp. 141–42)

I get the feeling that somewhere in some English publisher's vault there is a master disk from which thousands of versions of the same article about pleasure, resistance and the politics of consumption are being run off under different names with minor variations.

—Morris (1990, p. 21)

Every reading modifies its object.

—de Certeau (1984, p. 169)

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