Self-narration as rehearsal: A discursive approach to the narrative formation of identity.
Narrative Inquiry, 15(1)
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Commentary on Peter Redman's 'The Narrative Formation of Identity Revisited: Narrative Construction, Agency and the Unconscious'
Peter Redman's article employs both Lacanian and Kleinian accounts of the subject to consider a particular aspect of the 'narrative formation of identity': the meaning which the telling of a story has for the narrator. While agreeing with Redman that narrative analysts have paid too little attention to the pleasure speakers can take in positioning themselves within their own stories, I propose an alternative interpretation of this identity work, based on a discursive approach.
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