Remembering Stories

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Thursday 15 May, 2014. 6-8pm

The Story Museum, Oxford


Dr James Ost (Psychology, University of Portsmouth)

Dr Diane Purkiss (English, Keble College, Oxford)

Dr Alison Waller (English, University of Roehampton)

How much do you remember about your favourite childhood book? Could you retell it to a child right now? Do you use stories to remember the past?

Join Diane Purkiss, James Ost and Alison Waller in a wide-ranging discussion about the psychology of memory, myth and narrative. Over the course of the evening you will be introduced to Frederic Bartlett’s theory of remembering and the changing field of experimental research in memory studies, as well as some insights into J.R.R. Tolkien’s writer’s block and some emotional memories evoked by Squirrel Nutkin.

The expert panel also invite you to take part in a demonstration about story and reconstructive remembering over a complementary glass of wine.

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