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The Project Narrative podcast, launched in November 2021, is a monthly series in which a scholar selects a short narrative, reads it aloud, and then discusses it with a host. The discussion is organized around the questions, “what is this narrative doing, how is it doing it, and why do both of those things matter?”

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Episode 12

In this episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Jim Phelan and Leigh Gilmore read and discuss the first chapter from Maggie O’Farrell’s 2018 memoir, I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death, entitled, “Neck.” Leigh Gilmore is a Visiting Professor of English at the Ohio State University and a Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative.

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Episode 12 of the Project Narrative podcast

Episode 11

In this episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Frederick Luis Aldama reads Julio Cortázar’s two-paragraph short story and discusses it with our host, Jim Phelan. Frederick Aldama, also known as @ProfessorLatinx, is the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is also founder and director of the Latinx Pop Lab. Frederick is an award winning author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of over 48 books, and is a founding member of Project Narrative.

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Episode 11 of the Project Narrative podcast

Episode 10

In this episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Ashley Hope Pérez sits down with Jim Phelan to read and discuss Silvina Ocampo’s four-paragraph short story, “Report on Heaven and Hell” first in its original Spanish and then in its English translation. “Report on Heaven and Hell” is included in Thus Were their Faces, a 1968 compilation of Ocampo’s stories. Ashley Hope Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University and a Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative. She is both an accomplished literary critic and an award-winning novelist.

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Episode 10 of the Project Narrative podcast

Episode 9

In this month’s episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Jim Phelan sits down with Sean O’Sullivan to read and discuss “Black Box,” a short story by Jennifer Egan that was originally published as a series of tweets before being published in the New Yorker in June of 2012. Sean O’Sullivan is Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University and a Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative. Sean’s expertise includes Narrative Theory, Victorian Studies, and Film and Television Studies.

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Episode 9 of the Project Narrative podcast

Episode 8

In this month’s episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, our faithful host, Jim Phelan, finally finds himself in the guest chair! Alongside today’s host, Brian McHale, Jim reads and discusses “Chicxulub” by prolific American author, T.C. Boyle. Jim is a Distinguished University Professor of English at the Ohio State University, Director of the Medical Humanities Program, and co-founder and Director of Project Narrative. To borrow Brian McHale’s words, Jim “has a keen eye for stories that invite and reward the narrative theorist’s close attention. The story he selected for today is case in point.”

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Episode 8 of the Project Narrative podcast

Episode 7

In this episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Julia Watson and Jim Phelan read and discuss a particularly moving piece of life writing, Alice Walker’s “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self,” first published in Ms. Magazine and then in Walker’s collection of nonfiction, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens in 1983. Julia Watson is an Academy Professor Emerita of Comparative Studies and a former Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the Ohio State University and a Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative.

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Episode 6

In this month’s episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Karen Winstead and Jim Phelan read and discuss two excerpts from Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, “How Arthur was Born” and “The Knight with the Two Swords.” Karen Winstead is Professor of English and Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative at the Ohio State University. She is a Distinguished Teacher, repeat winner of various teaching awards, and is the author of four monographs.

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Episode 5

In this month’s episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Amy Shuman, Professor of English at the Ohio State University and Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative, joins Jim Phelan for a conversation about two stories of “waiting” from Charles Rutenesha’s memoir in progress about his experiences in Rwanda in the early 1990s and then later as a refugee. The stories are entitled, “Waiting to Be Arrested” and “Waiting to Be Released.”

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Episode 4

In this episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Jim Phelan sits down with Angus Fletcher, Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative with joint appointments in the Department of English and the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts at the Ohio State University, to read and discuss Tim O’Brien’s 1990 short story, “The Things they Carried.”

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Episode 3

In this month’s episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Robyn Warhol, Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University and Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative, joins Jim Phelan to discuss Zadie Smith’s 1999 short story, “The Waiter’s Wife,” which Smith also incorporated into her award-winning novel, White Teeth, published the following year.

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Episode three of the Project Narrative podcast

Episode 2

In this month’s episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Brian McHale, Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University and one of the founders of Project Narrative, sits down with Jim Phelan to discuss a series of poems that contain significant narrative gaps. The poems discussed include a Hebrew nursery rhyme entitled, “Yonatan Hakatan,” a British border ballad called “When I Was on Horseback,” a Spanish poem by Federico García Lorca called “Rider’s Song,” and Bob Dylan’s lyric, “All Along the Watchtower.”

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Episode two of the Project Narrative Podcast

Episode 1

In episode one, Katra Byram, Associate Professor of German Language and Literature at Ohio State University and Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative, sits down with Jim Phelan to read and discuss a text from a slam poetry performance called, “Hinter uns, mein Land,” or “Behind Us, My Country,” by Babak Ghassim and Usama Elyas.  Since it is a narrative poem for two voices, Katra and Jim read it together before addressing the what, how, and why questions mentioned above. 

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Episode one of the Project Narrative Podcast

 

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