Claims that the self and experience in general are narrative
in structure are increasingly common, but it is not always clear what such claims come down to.
In this paper, I argue that if the view is to be distinctive, the element of narrativity must be
taken as literally as possible. If we do so, and explore the consequences of thinking about our
selves and our lives in this manner, we shall see that the narrative view fundamentally
confusues art and life. We learn from art itself that our selves and lives transcend narratives
and that thinking in a narrative manner ignores the rich complexity of individual persons.