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The Moral of the Story: The Power of Narrative to Inspire and Sustain Scholarship

Posted: 11 Oct 2009  

Amy Vorenberg

University of New Hampsire School of Law

Date Written: September 10, 2009

Abstract

This article describes how I discovered the power of story as a tool to inspire scholarship. We think of stories as a means to bring life to legal cases in a way that grounds them and makes them visceral and comprehensible. We use storytelling to teach our students - showing how the emotive power of a story can persuade. However, stories can also serve a different function. In my search for a way to inspire and sustain my own writing, I found out that a good story can be the source of a writer’s motivation to both create and sustain scholarship. Basing scholarship on a story essentially mimics the process that has been occurring all along in the formation of law. The common law develops and changes as new stories push the limits of existing rules. Thus, stories are natural and logical fodder for scholarship about current trends and doctrines.

Keywords: scholarship, narrative,storytelling

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Vorenberg, Amy, The Moral of the Story: The Power of Narrative to Inspire and Sustain Scholarship (September 10, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1486765

Amy Vorenberg (Contact Author)

University of New Hampsire School of Law ( email )

Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States

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