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Narrative Paradigm

Walter Fisher

Group and Public Communication—Public Rhetoric

Theory Overview (7th Edition)

Abstracts appear in Appendix A of the text

People are storytelling animals; almost all forms of human communication are fundamentally narrative. Listeners judge a story by whether it hangs together and rings true with the values of an ideal audience. Thus, narrative rationality is a matter of coherence and fidelity. (Rhetorical tradition)

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