story structures structure knowledge


Gergen (1994/2003) claims that only certain story structures are available and acceptable in particular cultures. These structures limit what can be spoken, known, and understood.


Yet through "multiple and complex representations" (Dillard, 2003b, p. 260, 2003a; Lather, 2001) the reader can move beyond the boundaries of what normally counts, and seems to be, to (re)imagine other, perhaps less ontologically limiting (and ecologically destructive) possibilities. Knowing that extended discursive explanations risk reinscribing the privileged place of human language (Bringhurst, 2002) and thought (Bai, 2003), I count on the form of this dissertation to do the work of interruption to support site visitor's reading with the energies of animate Earth.