Fictional Narratives and Identity Change: three pathways through which Stories influence the Dialogical Self

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Abstract

Fictional narratives have the potential to influence people who read, view or listen to them. A body of studies has found that stories can change people’s identity or sense of self. This chapter proposes a theoretical model conceptualizing the impact of fictional narrative experiences on the dialogical self. Three pathways are proposed through which stories influence identity: a personal pathway (through fictional role models and possible selves), a cultural pathway (by offering narrative themes and structures used in interpersonal and intrapersonal self-dialogue) and a reflective pathway (when stories increase self-awareness and help people to adopt or switch between alternative selves or I-positions). The objective of this chapter is to introduce a new model to explain the impact of narrative fiction on the self, grounded in Dialogical Self Theory, which can shed a new light on the processes that underlie this impact.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDialogical Self: inspirations, considerations and research
EditorsMałgorzata M. Puchalska-Wasy, Piotr K. Oleś, Hubert J.M. Hermans
Place of PublicationLublin
PublisherTowarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego Jana Pawła II
Chapter3
Pages29-57
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9788373068131
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Fictional narratives
  • Narrative impact
  • Dialogical Self Theory
  • identity
  • narratives
  • Fiction
  • reading

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Brokerhof, I. M., Bal, P. M., Jansen, P., & Solinger, O. N. (2018). Fictional Narratives and Identity Change: three pathways through which Stories influence the Dialogical Self. In M. M. Puchalska-Wasy, P. K. Oleś, & H. J. M. Hermans (Eds.), Dialogical Self: inspirations, considerations and research (pp. 29-57). Lublin: Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego Jana Pawła II.
Brokerhof, I.M. ; Bal, P. Matthijs ; Jansen, Paul ; Solinger, O.N. / Fictional Narratives and Identity Change: three pathways through which Stories influence the Dialogical Self. Dialogical Self: inspirations, considerations and research. editor / Małgorzata M. Puchalska-Wasy ; Piotr K. Oleś ; Hubert J.M. Hermans. Lublin : Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego Jana Pawła II, 2018. pp. 29-57
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Brokerhof, IM, Bal, PM, Jansen, P & Solinger, ON 2018, Fictional Narratives and Identity Change: three pathways through which Stories influence the Dialogical Self. in MM Puchalska-Wasy, PK Oleś & HJM Hermans (eds), Dialogical Self: inspirations, considerations and research. Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego Jana Pawła II, Lublin, pp. 29-57.

Fictional Narratives and Identity Change: three pathways through which Stories influence the Dialogical Self. / Brokerhof, I.M.; Bal, P. Matthijs; Jansen, Paul; Solinger, O.N.

Dialogical Self: inspirations, considerations and research. ed. / Małgorzata M. Puchalska-Wasy; Piotr K. Oleś; Hubert J.M. Hermans. Lublin : Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego Jana Pawła II, 2018. p. 29-57.

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Brokerhof IM, Bal PM, Jansen P, Solinger ON. Fictional Narratives and Identity Change: three pathways through which Stories influence the Dialogical Self. In Puchalska-Wasy MM, Oleś PK, Hermans HJM, editors, Dialogical Self: inspirations, considerations and research. Lublin: Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego Jana Pawła II. 2018. p. 29-57