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The Mess Inside: Narrative, Emotion, and the Mind

Peter Goldie


The notion of narrative is topical and contentious in a wide range of fields, including philosophy, psychology and psychoanalysis, historical studies, literature. The book engages with all these areas of discourse and focuses on the ways in which we think about our lives in narrative terms. The notion of narrative is introduced, and then the way we engage with the past in narrative terms is discussed. This involves an exploration of the essentially perspectival nature of narrative thinking, which gains support from much recent empirical work on memory. A ‘case study’ of grief, extending to a d ... More

Keywords: narrative, perspective, griefself-forgiveness, identity, memory, Wollheim, Schechtman, MacIntyre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230730
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Goldie, author
University of Manchester