Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture

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Jens Brockmeier, Donal A. Carbaugh
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Selfmaking and worldmaking
25
Problems and promises of an alternative paradigm
39
Singularities and multiplicities of self
59
Autobiographical identity and the meaning of the good life
75
The people will come to you Blackfeet narrative as a resource for contemporary living
103
Patterns of interpretive cognition
129
You re marked Breast cancer tattoo and the narrative performance of identity
145
Richard Wagner s creative vision at La Spezia
187
Identity and narrative in Piaget s autobiographies
219
Retrospective teleology in autobiography
247
Narrative identity and the reconstruction of the self
283
List of contributors
299
Credits and acknowledgements
301
Index
303
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