Narrative, Identity, and the City

Filipino stories of dislocation and relocation

| Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development - New York University
ISBN 9789027200495 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264275 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Raul P. Lejano offers a boldly original synthesis of narratology, psychology, and human geography. This helps him articulate his two main insights: that our identity as individuals, though not completely determined by sociocultural factors, nevertheless profoundly reflects our embeddedness in particular places; and that the way we think of, or would like to think of, our own identity is most readily captured in the stories we tell about ourselves. Most revealing of all, he suggests, are our stories about coming to grips with an entire city, especially when our experience of it is actually one of dislocation or relocation – when we in some sense or other “lose” a city to which we have hitherto belonged, or when we “find” a new one. By way of illustration the book includes four specially commissioned autobiographical stories by writers of Filipino origin, which Lejano’s analytical chapters compare and contrast with each other within his interdisciplinary frame of reference. At once learnedly sophisticated and readably empathetic, his commentaries are underpinned by a basically phenomenological orientation, which leads him to view human individuals as essentially relational beings, naturally inclined to enter into dialogue with both their fellow-creatures and the larger environment.
[FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures, 8]  2018.  xii, 170 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Series editor’s preface
List of figures
Chapter 1. Narrative, identity, and the city
Raul P. Lejano
Chapter 2. Story 1: The city found
Alicia P. Lejano
Chapter 3. Story 2: The city found
Mikaella Evaristo
Chapter 4. Commentary on the city found
Raul P. Lejano
Chapter 5. Story 3: The city lost
Aaron J.P. Almadro
Chapter 6. Commentary on the city lost
Raul P. Lejano
Chapter 7. Story 4: The city of silence
Josefina D. Constantino
Chapter 8. Commentary on the city of silence
Raul P. Lejano
Chapter 9. The narratively represented self-and-city
Raul P. Lejano
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