Media Influence on the Family Storytelling Experience

By Connie S. Eigenmann.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Storytelling reveals myth and the mores of society for a catharsis of everyday, cultural conflict. The translation of that content-revealing art form has moved from 19th century interpersonal communication to 21st century convergent media. By an analysis of the German folk transition within Grimm fairytales through print to electronically mediated forms, an understanding of cultural assimilation can be gained. It is posited that neither the printed page, nor the subsequent convergent media, nor the dissolving of a Germanic culture, have eradicated the deep-set truths these narratives hold. Violence couched in fictional narrative, whether aural, visual or interactive, could be a necessary ingredient for the survival of today’s child.

Keywords: Storytelling, Grimm Fairytales, Print Media, Electronic Media, German Culture, Children’s Literature, Violence in Fiction, Folklore

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.99-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 842.194KB).

Dr. Connie S. Eigenmann

Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, USA

Connie S. Eigenmann-Malik (B. A. Eastern Illinois University 1991, M. A. Eastern Illinois University 1992, Ph. D. University of Oklahoma 1995) has been affiliated with 15 professional communication organizations. She has presented 23 refereed papers in intercultural communication and rhetoric; with research interests in electronic communication usage and storytelling. Dr. Eigenmann has work experience in international management and consulting (5 years); public relations (3 years), university development and telemarketing (3 years); speech clinic & forensics judging (3 years); and teaching in higher education (20 years). Before joining the faculty at Fort Hays State University, she acted as Head of Business Communications, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; Dean of the Indianapolis College of Business and Computer Science in Lahore, Pakistan; and Professor of English Communication at Shantou University, China. She has been affiliated with Lamson & Sessions, Inc. as a technical writer for their electrical conduit and fixture warehouse in Oklahoma City, USA.

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