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Narrative Communication

This interest group focuses on how narratives serve as a type of communication that provides context, meaning, and interest to listeners and speakers. Narrative and narratology (the science and theory of narrative) have currency because they account for multiple speakers and listeners, surprising sequences and voices, and the opportunity to edit when a narrative begins and ends.

Courses | Publications by faculty members | Dissertations


CMS 390S Narrative communication in organization (Browning)

CMS 384 Ethnography of Communication (Maxwell)

CMS 386N Qualitative Research Methods (Browning)

CMS 386P Discourse Analysis (Maxwell)

Publications by faculty members

Browning, L. D, Greene, R. W., Sitkin, S. B., Sutcillffe, K. M.m & Obstfeld, D. (2009). Constitutive complexity: Military entrepreneurs and the synthetic character of communication flows. In L. L. Putnam and A. M. Nicotera (Eds.), Building Theories of organization: The constitutive role of Communication. New York: Routledge.

Browning, L. D., Sætre, A. S. Stephens, K., & Sørnes, J. O. (2008). Information and communication technologies in action: Linking theory and narratives of practice. New York: Routledge.

Browning, L. D & Sørnes, J. O. (2008). The Challenge of Doing Corporatized Research: An Ethnography of ICT Use. Qualitative Inquiry, 14, 1223-1244.

Hartelius, E. J. & Browning, L. D. (2008). The application of rhetorical theory in managerial research: A literature review. Management Communication Quarterly, 22, 13-39.

Browning, L. D. (2006). Lists and Stories as Organizational Communication, in Organizational Communication, Linda L. Putnam and Kathleen J. Krone (Eds.), (originally published in Communication Theory, 2 (4) (1992): 281-302. Published by Sage Library in Business and Management series.

Boudes, T. & Browning, L. D. (2005). La dialectique entre listes et récits au sein des organisations, Revue Française de Gestion, 31, 233-247.

Browning, L. D. & Boudes, T. (2005). The use of narrative theory to understand and respond to complexity: A comparative analysis of the Cynefin and Weickian models. Emergence: Complexity & Organization, 7 (3&4) 32-39.

Browning, L. D. (in press). Narrative and Narratology, (in) Encyclopedia of Communication Theory, Stephen Littlejohn, Karen Foss (Eds.) Sage Publications. Expected publication date, 2010.

Browning, L. D. (1991). Organizational narratives and organizational structure, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 4, 59-67.

Cloud, D. (2011) We Are the Union: Democratic Unionism and Dissent at Boeing. Champaign-Urbana: The University of Illinois Press.

Daly, J.A. (forthcoming) Your Idea Is Only As Good As Its Story. In Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others.

Falick, T. & Maxwell, M. (1992). Cohesion and Quality in Deaf and Hearing Children's Written English. Sign Language Studies, 77: 345-72.

Kovarsky, D., Kurzer-White, E., & Maxwell, M. (2004). Stories of Origin in the Identification of Hearing Loss among Neonates, with D. Kovarsky and E. Kurzer-White, Seminars in Hearing, 25: 319-332.

Kraemer, M. & Maxwell, M. (1990). Speech and Identify in the Deaf Narrative, with P.

Langston, C. & Maxwell, M. (1988). Holistic Judgment of Texts by Deaf and ESL Students, with C. Langston, Sign Language Studies, 60: 295-312.

Maxwell, M. (1994). Discourse Structure of Signed and Written Narratives, in S. Polowe and Armour (eds.), Proceedings of the 1991 CAID/CEASD.

Maxwell, M. 1990). Visual-Centered Narratives of the Deaf, Linguistics and Education, 2  213-229.

Maxwell, M. (1986). Beginning Reading and Deaf Children, American Annals of the Deaf, 131: 14-20.

Maxwell, M. (1985). Some Functions and Uses of Literacy in the Deaf Community. Language in Society, 14: 205-21.

Maxwell, M. (1984). A Deaf Child's Natural Development of Literacy, Sign Language Studies, 44: 191-224.

Maxwell, M. (1974). Teaching Reading as a Problem-Solving Activity, American Annals of the Deaf, 119: 721-3.

Poeppelmeyer, D., Maxwell, M. & Polich, L. 1999. Deaf Members and Nonmembers: The Creation of Culture through Communication Practices, in Kovarsky, D., Duchan, J. & Maxwell, M. (Eds.), Constructing (In)Competence: Disabling Evaluations In Clinical And Social Interaction.  Lawrence Erlbaum. 1999.

Vangelisti, A. L., Crumley, L. P., & Baker, J. L. (1999). Family portraits: Stories as standards for family interaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16, 335-368.

Vangelisti, A. L., Crumley, L. P., & Baker, J. L. (1999). Family portraits: Stories as standards for family interaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16, 335-368.

Ph.D. Dissertations and M.A. Theses

Stewart, Katherine. (Ph.D., 2008). Interactive construction of dispute narratives in mediated conflict talk.

Chatelle, Melody.  From the Mouths of Babes: Narratives of Children and Young People with Advanced or Terminal Illnesses, completed in May 2004, nominee for Dissertation of the Year, The University of Texas at Austin

Chatelle, Melody. (2008).  Journeys of Heartache and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses. Austin TX: LangMarc PublishingS.

Sicola, Mary Kay. (M.A., 2002). A Life on Death Row.

Smith, M. E. (1996). Parents' narrative accounts: Adult learning from a child's truth. Master's Thesis, University of Texas at Austin.