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Narrative and Consciousness
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We define our conscious experience by constructing narratives about ourselves and the people with whom we interact. Narrative pervades our lives--conscious experience is not merely linked to the number and variety of personal stories we construct with each other within a cultural frame, but is
subsumed by them. The claim, however, that narrative constructions are essential to conscious experience is not useful or informative unless we can also begin to provide a distinct, organized, and empirically consistent explanation for narrative in relation to consciousness. Understanding the role
of narrative in determining individual and collective consciousness has been elusive from within traditional academic frameworks. This volume argues that addressing so broad and complex a problem requires an examination from outside our insular disciplinary framework. Such an open examination would
be informed by the inquiries and approaches of multiple disciplines. Recognition of the different approaches to examining personal stories will allow for the coordination of how narrative seems (its phenomenology), with what mental labor it does (its psychology), and how it is realized (its
neurobiology). Only by overcoming the boundaries erected by multiple theoretical and discursive traditions can we begin to comprehend the nature and function of narrative in consciousness.

Narrative and Consciousness brings together essays by exceptional scholars and scientists in the disciplines of literary theory, psychology, and neuroscience to examine how stories are constructed, how stories structure lived experience, and how stories are rooted in material reality(the human
body). The specific topics addressed include narrative in the development of conscious awareness; autobiographical narrative, fiction and the construction of self; trauma and narrative disruptions; narrative, memory and identity; and the physiological and neural substrate of narrative. It is the
editors' hope that the multidisciplinary nature of this collection will challenge the reader to move beyond disciplinary confines and toward a coherent interdisciplinary dialogue.
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PART I: ROLE OF NARRATIVE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONSCIOUS AWARENESS; PART II: NARRATIVE AND THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY; PART III: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE, FICTION AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF SELF; PART IV: NARRATIVE DISRUPTIONS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF SELF; PART V: NEURAL SUBSTRATE OF NARRATIVE AND CONSCIOUSNESS REALIZATION (OR THE NATURALIST MODEL)

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