Canetti as Another: Paul Ricoeur's theory on Narrative Identity in Elias Canetti autobiography

Lone Nielsen, Caroline Holten-Andersen, Kristine Skerberga, Lise Larsen, Frida S. Dunger, Sara Fischer-Nielsen, David Hesselfeldt-Nielsen & Alejandro M. Savio

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project has as its point of departure the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur’s book ”Oneself as Another”. We have been focusing on the 5th and 6th studies and his theories on identity, including the terms idem, ipse and narrative identity. Our intention has been to use his theories in analysing the first volume of the Elias Canetti’s autobiography, “Die gerettete Zunge”. Apart from an attempt to look at the autobiography through the eyes of Paul Ricoeur, we have investigated how nationality, language and the relations with other people influence the formation of his identity throughout the book. In order to be able to go into depth with these relations, we have included Jung’s psychoanalysis and Searle’s speech act theory.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato1 jan. 2005
VejledereHartmut Haberland


  • Paul Ricoeur
  • Elias Canetti
  • identity
  • Philosophy