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Publication Details

List of Authors: Lena Marander-Eklund
Publisher: Kung.Gustav Adolfs Akademin för svensk folkkultur
Place: Uppsala
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv
Journal acronym: SvLSvf
Volume number: 139 (2016)
Issue number: 342
Start page: 103
End page: 118


Abstract


The aim of this article is to study how experiences of
storms assume narrative form. It examines how people talk about their
experiences and why their narratives are often dramatic and emotional in
character. The stories are drawn from responses to a questionnaire entitled
‘Nice weather today!’, sent out by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
in the winter of 2015–16.



In the article I analyse the
building blocks of stories, their form and emotionality, and micro-narratives.
The storm narratives considered here describe threatening events which
nevertheless ended well. The disaster that could have occurred failed to do so.
I call these ‘nearly stories’. They describe how a storm nearly brought down
trees, how lightning nearly struck and, if it did strike, how the people
involved nearly died. Stories about storms are largely concerned with a
situation that is beyond human control and defies our need for control. These
dramatic, even terrifying, incidents can be shaped into concludable narratives
with a clear element of cause-and-effect, of causality, and clear markers of
internal and external value judgements in the form of emotive words and
expressions. The dramatic thing that ‘nearly’ happened can be seen as an
exaggeration, a way of recounting something exciting, but it can also be
interpreted as a powerful expression of emotion: a fear of the forces of
nature. Analysing storm stories by focusing on their narrative exaggeration
thus becomes a way of understanding the dramatization of existential fear.


Keywords

Berättelseanalys, narratives, weather

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