The functions of storytelling practices: current storytelling nights in İstanbu

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2017

Thesis Language: English

Student: Dilara İnam

Supervisor: BESİM CAN ZIRH


The article studies current storytelling practices in Istanbul consisting of continuities and the change of the storytelling practices and thereby reflect a hybrid structure. This hybrid structure of the storytelling performances is evaluated under the discussion of context and text. In this discussion, the transmission of storytelling towards the market and consumption separates the text from its context. The paper defines and locates the current storytelling nights among these discussions. Focusing on the current storytelling nights happen periodically, the study highlights the functions and motivations of the performances. These needs change the motivations of the storytelling practice. Importantly, these needs that storytellers promise to fulfill for their audiences, becomes the main motivation of the storytelling practices. In addition to highlighting, the reasons behind these current functions and the motivations is analyzed from the audience’s perspective.