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History is the canonical setting for individual autobiography

May 16, 2011

“for history… is the canonical setting for individual autobiography.  It is our sense of belonging to this canonical past that allows us to frame our self-accounts as, somehow, impelled by deviation from what was expected of us, while still maintaining complicity with the canon.”

Ref: Jerome Bruner, the Narrative Construal of Reality (I’ll fix this ref up later!)

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