Submission Title

Gold Teeth: Making Meaning through Narrative

Location

Vivian A. Bull Music Center: Delkin Recital Hall

Subject Area

Religious Studies

Description

How do we create meaning in life through the telling of narratives? What do we have to gain by comparing stories from different cultures and times? By looking at two seemingly disparate stories - The Story of Kotikarna and Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice - and asking ourselves how they impart similar meanings through varying narratological elements, we can better understand how humans order and establish value in the world, and how humans argue for these orders and values through narrative.

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Gold Teeth: Making Meaning through Narrative

Vivian A. Bull Music Center: Delkin Recital Hall

How do we create meaning in life through the telling of narratives? What do we have to gain by comparing stories from different cultures and times? By looking at two seemingly disparate stories - The Story of Kotikarna and Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice - and asking ourselves how they impart similar meanings through varying narratological elements, we can better understand how humans order and establish value in the world, and how humans argue for these orders and values through narrative.