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The Post-Modern Identity Crisis a Narratological Exploration of Identity_By Jonathan Pearmain

The Post-Modern Identity Crisis a Narratological Exploration of Identity_By Jonathan Pearmain

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The Post-Modern Identity Crisis:
A Narratological Exploration of Identity.
By Jonathan PearmainBa (Hons) CG Art and AnimationUCA2012Word Count: 8552
 Identity as Narrative
iChapter One:
The Development of Post-Structuralist Narratology
1Chapter Two:
The Point of 'Being' 
6Chapter Three:
 Fractured Stories
IntroductionIdentity as Narrative
The human identity is an elusive and much sought after concept. Its realisation and portrayalhas been and continues to be the focus of a variety of disciplines; across art, music, performance. Asan area of study, it has fascinated philosophers throughout the centuries; thinkers that have sought toquestion the very nature of existence, the purpose of 'being'. The desire to discover a supposed'truth' to our existence is unique to the human mind, the quest to provide the time we are alive,indeed the entirety of our species, with a point – an identity.An identity gives meaning – a position within the world, an origin to have come from and a purpose to strive for. It becomes the narrative of the human life, a narrative for existence.A narrative is simply a story, an account of the perception of things moving through time.Professor Mark Currie, who's work will feature prominently in this dissertation, states that
“Narrative is as inescapable as language in general, or as cause and effect, as a mode of thinking and being”
(Currie, 1998:2). This idea, that narrative in inherently human, will be a key point of discussion within this essay – as will its role as either constructing identity, or being constructed byit. Narratology's post-structuralist methods, of deconstruction and narrative theory, will allow us toexplore the identity as narrative and the very concept of 'being'.Initially, the study of narratology will be discussed – its methodologies and principlesexplored, as well as an account of it history. Narratology has undergone a dramatic change in thelast century, from a traditional literary based discipline it has expanded to linguistic then to aanthropological method of studying identities and cultures across humanity. Chapter one willidentify a working definition of Narratology and enable us to then look further into itsunderstanding of 'being'.The concept of 'being', the idea of a consciousness, will also be examined. Before discussinghow a narratological approach may aid in the understanding and definition of an identity, it must beestablished exactly what forms the identity; what is the point of it? And why is so important to keepit free from oppression? This chapter will focus on exposing the malleability of objectiveknowledge, and the fickle goal that is 'liberty'. It will then attempt to derive what actually forms aconsciousness, and what implication this has on identity. The principles thinkers used as referencefor these ideas will be the French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre and the German philospher, Martini

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