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The Narrative Complexity of Ordinary LifeTales from the Coffee Shop$
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William L. Randall

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199930432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199930432.001.0001

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Friends and Lovers

Friends and Lovers

Narrative in Relationship

(p.92) Chapter 6 Friends and Lovers
The Narrative Complexity of Ordinary Life

William L Randall

Oxford University Press

This chapter probes the narrative complexities of our interpersonal relationships, with a particular emphasis first on friendship and then on romance. The author alludes to a few such romantic relationships of his own and reflects on the sorts of storylines we tend to weave around others in the course of “getting to know” them. He also reflects on the role in shaping our own stories, plus our experience of love, that is played by the stories we experience through fiction, film, and even music. The narrative dimensions and dynamics of our emotional lives are also explored, as are the narrative dimensions of long-term intimate relationships as well. The chapter ends with the story of why the author eventually left the practice of ministry.

Keywords:   friendship, romance, intimacy, emotion, love

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