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The "Storylistening" Trance Experience

Brian W. Sturm
The Journal of American Folklore
Vol. 113, No. 449 (Summer, 2000), pp. 287-304
DOI: 10.2307/542104
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/542104
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

This article addresses the experience of people who listen to stories, with particular attention to the trancelike quality of that experience. Interviews and observations at organized storytelling events provide the data, which are analyzed for content and theme. The results show that people listening to stories often do enter a qualitatively different state of consciousness. This article explores the character of and influences on this state and presents a theoretical model.

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