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Listening

Abstract : This study is based on records kept by the first storytelling librarians who participated in L’Heure joyeuse (Paris, 1924 -…), the Story Hour in English. These French pioneers of The Story Hour made a point of keeping records of each and every one of their performances. Their notes provide valuable information concerning the verbal art with which they addressed their young audiences and the way in which they crafted their storytelling practices ; they reveal in particular the importance of the material conditions—even rudimentary—and the desire to create a benevolent intimacy. The notes and records describe, with intelligence and humanity, empathy and perception, the conditions of a shared experience of listening, face to face. These professional archives represent both the first records of a literary orality for children practiced in the context of a library and the rare signs of an aurality of listening. The Story Hour gives one a glimpse of the childhood pleasure of listening to stories and occasionally of the pleasure experienced by the demanding storytellers.
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Jean-Marie Privat. Listening. Cahiers de Littérature Orale, Presses de l'Inalco, 2019, L'heure du conte, 86, pp.59 - 103. ⟨10.4000/clo.7898⟩. ⟨hal-03175853⟩

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