The Dialogics of Southern Quechua Narrative
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2008
Volume 100, Issue 2, pages 326–346, June 1998
How to Cite
Mannheim, B. and Vleet, K. V. (1998), The Dialogics of Southern Quechua Narrative. American Anthropologist, 100: 326–346. doi: 10.1525/aa.1918.104.22.1686
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2008
Southern Quechua conversational narratives are dialogical in four senses. First, at the formal level, the narrative is produced between interlocutors; second, narrative embeds discourse within discourse by means of quotations or indirect discourse; third, implicit or hidden dialogue between texts is brought out through the intertextual reference to other coexisting narratives; and, fourth, there is a complex pattern of participation through which dialogue takes place not only between actual speaking individuals but between distinct, intersecting participant roles that evoke multiple interactional frameworks. Rigorous attention to each level allows us to integrate narrative analysis more closely into ethnographic study, in terms of both the social tactics of specific narrative events and the broader discursive frameworks that they illuminate.