Narrative Empathy and the Resisting Figure

  • Michael Guilfoyle
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology book series (PSTHP)


In the previous chapter I offered a view of the human being in terms of a living body grounded in its corporeality, which affords it an inherent capacity for resistance, and propels it inexorably forward towards new forms of subjection. I see this resisting capacity as a foundational aspect of personal agency, and this belief, I have argued, does not collapse our thinking into essentialism or naïve individualism. The embodied, resisting being also has the advantage of not having to rely on discourse for its own possibility; human resistance is not dependent on an enabling discourse or pre-existing social models. This notion has the potential to help deepen our conceptualizations of several areas of narrative practice.


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