Rethinking Narrative Identity: Persona and Perspective

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Claudia Holler, Martin Klepper
John Benjamins Publishing, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 209 pages
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Why is it that we tend to think about our lives as stories? Why do we strive to create coherent narratives that reflect a particular perspective? What happens when we discover multiple, perhaps conflicting perspectives in our narratives? Following groundbreaking work in the study of narrative identity in the last 20 years, the scholars of this volume have expanded and merged their theories of narrative identity with new perspectives in fields such as narratology, literary theory, philosophy, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, gender studies and history. Their contributions focus on the significance of perspective in the formation of narrative identities, probing the stratagems and narrative means of individuals in testing out personae for themselves.
 

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Contents

Persona and perspective
1
On the correlation of narrativity and morality
33
Persona perspective and the meaning of Keith Richardss Life
49
Heterotopic selfpositioning and narrative identity
69
4 Constructing perspectives as positioning resources in stories of the self
85
A socionarratological per
103
6 Strange perspectives strange narrative? identities?
117
Narrative identity in Jeffrey Eugenidess Mi
129
Selfwriting forgiveness and ethics in Ian McEwans Atonement
147
Quentin Crisps life story A successful fai
171
A poetic perspective on narrative identity
187
Contributors
203
Index
207
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