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Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460193

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.001.0001

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Telling Stories

Telling Stories

Evolving Narrative Identity in Toni Morrison’s Home

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(p.231) Telling Stories
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Toni Morrison
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Jan Furman

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0019

This essay links the structural dimension of Frank’s first-person perspective in Home to his evolving narrative identity. Borrowing from studies in psychology and human development, “Journey to Redemption” examines what psychologist Dan P. McAdams describes as “a … reconstruction of the autobiographical past and a narrative anticipation of the imagined future that serves to explain, for the self and others, how the person came to be and where his or her life may be going.” Frank creates what McAdams would refer to as a “dynamic narrative” that changes to accommodate the circumstances of his life. In sync with, but also textually and linguistically set apart from his historically and culturally eventful journey from west to east, Frank’s dynamic narrative identity, as it evolves from adolescence to adulthood, focuses Home’s significant concerns with the moral and metaphysical transformation of human life. (142 words)

Keywords:   Home, narrative perspective, narrative structure, narrative identity, the autobiographical past

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