Living Autobiographically: How We Create Identity in Narrative
It is, on the one hand, an easy read -- a short book with clean clear sentences. And Eakin is an authority on the topic, having devoted his career to all things autobiography.
And while I learned a few things -- e.g. that we "write" autobiography as a continuous everyday experience, we write autobiography to write our future sel...more
Within Living Autobiographically: How We Create Identity in Narrative, Paul John Eakin posits that self-narratives are essential to the formation of identity within self and society. Further, Eakin holds the “performance of self-narration… takes place in an environment of social convention and constraint” which dictates societal norms of identity. (p. 30) However, while society standardizes identity formation, Eakin claims that self is pre-societal and “rooted in our lives in and as bodies.” (p...more