International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Telling a Life: Narration and Personal Identity
Vinicio Busacchi

In recent decades, the theme of ‘narrative identity’ has seen a significant development in different disciplinary domains, both at a practical and interdisciplinary level. The issues connected to narrative identity have (re-)gained a central position not only in narratology and philosophy, but even in psychology and in different psychotherapeutic approaches. Several scholars agree with the idea that the psychological reality is narrative and that narration is a determinant of personal identity. Starting from a short overview on identity and narration in literature and narratology, this article aims to thematise the issue of narrative identity as the fulcrum of a scientific theorisation that operates between showing how the interrelationship between these two sciences is particularly productive in psychology as well as philosophy.

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