Title Reconstructing Autobiographical Memories and Crafting a New Self Through Dialogic Literary Gatherings
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Scope Article
Nature Científica
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SJR Impact 0.54800
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Publication date 01/12/2015
ISI 000366192400013
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-84949233517
DOI 10.1177/1077800415611689
Abstract This article uses the biographical method with communicative orientation to deepen into the life experiences of an individual living in poverty who experienced a turning point in her life as a result of engaging in a successful educational action called Dialogic Literary Gatherings. The stories told by Lola, a female homeless from a deprived neighborhood, shed light on the transformative power that reading and discussing classical literature had for her: Rejected by her family, sharing classical readings in an environment of egalitarian dialogue gave Lola new possible worlds, which brought her to recover hope in life and craft a new self. The gathering provided her strong social relations and a new family, and motivated her involvement in transformative personal and social struggles. Lola's biography informs about how the Dialogic Literary Gatherings facilitate moving from a current to a possible self over a journey of autobiographical memory reconstruction.
Keywords biography; dialogic literary gatherings; autobiographical memory; possible self; communicative methodology; transformation
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