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Living Autobiographically: How We Create Identity in Narrative

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Autobiography is naturally regarded as an art of retrospect, but making autobiography is equally part of the fabric of our ongoing experience. We tell the stories of our lives piecemeal, and these stories are not merely about our selves but also an integral part of them. In this way we "live autobiographically"; we have narrative identities. In this book, noted life-writin...more
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Published September 4th 2008 by Cornell University Press
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Feb 07, 2010 Naeem rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I wanted to like this more than I did. I thought it might help me write the introduction to a set of autobiographical essays that will soon, knock on wood, be published.

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
Zachary Schulz

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

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