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.
1. Introduction. Rethinking narrative identity: Persona and perspective (by Klepper, Martin); 2. Chapter 1. Identity and empathy: On the correlation of narrativity and morality (by Meuter, Norbert); 3. Chapter 2. Axes of identity: Persona, perspective, and the meaning of (Keith Richards's) Life (by Freeman, Mark); 4. Chapter 3. The quest for a third space: Heterotopic self-positioning and narrative identity (by Kraus, Wolfgang); 5. Chapter 4. Constructing perspectives as positioning resources in stories of the self (by Lucius-Hoene, Gabriele); 6. Chapter 5. Referential frameworks and focalization in a craft artist's life story: A socionarratological perspective on narrative identity (by Mildorf, Jarmila); 7. Chapter 6. Strange perspectives = strange (narrative?) identities? (by Heinze, Rudiger); 8. Chapter 7. "Indefinite, sketchy, but not entirely obliterated": Narrative identity in Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex (by Frey Buchel, Nicole); 9. Chapter 8. Creative confession: Self-writing, forgiveness and ethics in Ian McEwan's Atonement (by Worthington, Kim); 10. Chapter 9. The queer self and the snares of heteronormativity: Quentin Crisp's life story - A successful failure (by Kilian, Eveline); 11. Chapter 10. Confessional poetry: A poetic perspective on narrative identity (by Brunner, Eva); 12. Contributors; 13. Index