Marlene Sokolon and Travis D. Smith

Written by Marlene Sokolon and Travis D. Smith

Marlene Sokolon and Travis D. Smith are Associate Professors of Political Science at Concordia University in Canada and authors and editors of numerous works, including Flattering the Demos: Fiction and Democratic Education (Lexington Books, 2018).

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Storytelling is universal; a constitutive, definitive part of human nature.[1] We imagine our earliest ancestors sitting around the fire telling tales of heroic adventures and otherworldly interventions. Examples of our earliest extant written texts are epic poems likely derived from oral storytelling. We become fascinated by stories that happened long ago or far away as children. Until the development of…