A Narrative Model of Recovery

  • L Kelland


In this paper I defend the suggestion that narratively understanding her experience of rape can help a survivor in her recovery from the harm that she has suffered. Susan Brison defends a similar suggestion, but, I argue, does not get all of the possible mileage out of narrative understanding because she does not explore what she takes to be the necessary features of a successful narrative itself. I hope to supplement her, primarily relational, account with a richer understanding of narratives themselves, as it is only, I argue, through coming to understand the essential characteristics of a  narrative that we are able to grasp the particular explanatory force of  narratives and, thereby, all of the potential benefits of narratively  understanding her experience for a rape survivor.

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