The Missing Link: Use of Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder as a Framework for Interpretation and Reintegration of the Author into Literary Analysis

By Aleksandar Kordis.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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This article presents the possibility of integrating a Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder (MPD/DID) framework into modern narratological practices based off of studies of the mind. Most notably it expands on concepts such as the “cognitive ecosystem,” “authorial intent,” grounding narrative imagery in “actions and psychological reasons for action” of the author, and others presented in David Herman’s “Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind.” It is proposed that through the inclusion of key concepts in an MPD/DID framework, as well as the mapping process of alters, the psychology-based narratological interpretation as presented in Herman’s work could greatly benefit. The article seeks to expand on theoretical concepts and introduce new possibilities in the field of modern literary interpretation.

Keywords: Narratology, MPD/DID, David Herman, Psychology, Literary Interpretation

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 11, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 546.116KB)).

Aleksandar Kordis

PhD Candidate, English Department, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China