chapter  17
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THE COLOR OF THE WALLPAPER: TRAINING FOR NARRATIVE ETHICS

ByAnne Hudson Jones

Narrative capacity seems to be an innate human ability.1 However natural a Part of the human equipment, narrative skill can be developed by exposure to environments rich in stories. Thus, even if people were all born with exactly the same narrative capacity, the narrative competence of adults would vary. Just as natural musical talent can be enhanced by the study and practice of music, narrative capacity can be enhanced by the study of literature and the interpretation of complex texts. One consequence of the increasing interest in narrative ethics is the need to think about the kind of training that can enhance the natural narrative capacities of those ethicists whose professional training has not been focused on the study of literature or narrative.