Folklore in a hurry

The community experience narrative in newspaper coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake

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Abstract

Personal experience narratives are staples of newspaper reporting. Though the stories are elicited, summarized, and retold in the third person as community experience narratives, they retain their power to make sense of experience and to bind readers into a symbolic community. This study examines coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco newspapers to explore some of the methodological and ethical issues that confront reporters and folklorists who elicit and inscribe personal experience narratives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-175
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of American Folklore
Volume116
Issue number460
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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