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A hero or a zero? The construction of narrative identity in Migäger ingen by Åsa Linderborg. Katarzyna Szymoniak
A hero or a zero? The construction of narrative identity in Mig äger ingen by Åsa Linderborg Katarzyna Szymoniak Introduction Identity is a complex concept, which researchers within different fields of knowledge has been interested in for a long time. Literary critics and theorists directed attention towards narration and its mutual relation to identity already in the 1960s but even representatives of other disciplines within human sciences has also adopted narration as an analytic device in their research.1 With the theoretical point of departure in the concept of narrative identity, this article investigates the way man’s identity is constructed in narration, i.e. in a process of telling a story, in a contemporary Swedish novel Mig äger ingen (Nobody Owns Me2) by Åsa Linderborg.3 The problem of shaping one’s identity in an act of narration is discussed focusing especially on two aspects: man’s identity as a worker and his identity as a father. Mig äger ingen by Åsa Linderborg Mig äger ingen (2007) is Åsa Linderborg’s literary debut which has attracted both literary critics’ and readers’ attention.4 This autobiographic novel5 depicts Åsa 1 Peter Collins: Storying Self and Others. The construction of narrative identity. Journal of Language and Politics. Vol. 2 Issue 2/2003, p. 247. This phenomenon is often referred to as the narrative turn. See also: Anna Burzyska: Kariera narracji. O zwrocie narratywistycznym w humanistyce. In: Włodzimierz Bolecki, Ryszard Nycz (red.): Narracja i to samo (II). Antropologiczne problemy literatury. Warszawa: Instytut Bada Literackich PAN, 2004, p.7, 12. 2 The...
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