Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1387-6740
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9935
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This article revisits one of the more contentious debates in current studies of narrative: the claim that identities are, in some sense,fabricatedby and in narratives, and the counter-claim that individuals have inherent capacities, such as a dynamic unconscious, that precede or are in excess of any identity-building work that narrative might do. The article approaches this debate via competing theories drawn from sociology and cultural studies, contrasting post-structuralist and Foucauldian theories with a Kleinian cultural analysis of narrative. The theoretical discussion is illustrated via a story told by a young man who apparently had strong investments in heterosexual romance.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Narrative and identity , Narrative composure , Performativity , Persons , Suture and The unconscious
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