Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture
Jens Brockmeier, Donal A. Carbaugh
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
How does narrative give shape and meaning to human life? And what special role do narratives play in identifying one as a person in the world? This book explores these questions from the vantage points of various human and cultural sciences, with special attention to the importance of narrative as expression of embodied experience, mode of communication, and form for understanding the world and ultimately ourselves. Presenting a variety of perspectives from narrative psychology and literary criticism, to discourse, communication and cultural theory these studies examine the intricacies of narrative identity construction. With contributions from some of the leading scholars in the field, the book highlights the cultural field in which narratives shape forms of life. Using verbal and pictorial, linguistic and performative, oral and written, natural and literary autobiographical texts, the studies demonstrate how the construction of selves, memories, and life-worlds are interwoven in one narrative fabric.
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