Categorization of Personality Traumatic Experience in Chinese Women’s Diary Narrative: The Frame-Scenario Model

Keywords: Chinese, traumatic experience, women’s diary narrative, frame-scenario, self-reflection.

Abstract

The objective of the article is to provide a comprehensive research of the peculiarities of female traumatic experience in terms of frame categorization in Chinese diary narrative.

Materials & Methods. The main method in our research is frame modeling, developed by Ya.V. Bistrov. We also use other linguistic methods (cognitive and structural-semantic analysis) and general scientific methods (analysis, synthesis, description and classification of linguistic facts, etc.). Literary diaries of famous Chinese women writers Ding Lin (“Miss Sophie’s Diary”, “The Diary of a Suicider”) and Lu Yin (“Lishi’s Diary”, “The Diary of a Mistress”) served as material for research.

Results. The paper deals with the essential characteristics of the frame-scenario as a psycho-cognitive data-structure that reveals the essence, principles and ways of verbalizing subjective experience of the individual in the relevant narrative. The study found that the universal structure of categorization of female traumatic experience (as a special psychological phenomenon) in the Chinese diary narrative is the frame-scenario WOMEN’S LIFE WRITING. It includes 7 top levels nodes: MOTIVATION, PLAYERS, METHODS, TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE (PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, GENDER) and MEMORY that are specified by the information of 22 lower level terminals. These terminals filled with text data testify to the emotional-reflexive basis of the authors' perception of their experience as traumatic. This fact is confirmed by the semantic roles of narrators (most often –

Patient and Experiencer), narrative methods (reflections, descriptions, rhetorical questions) and actualized types of memory (cultural-symbolic, figurative-iconic, emotional).

Conclusions. The frame approach to the study of the peculiarities of the categorization of subjective experience in the women’s diary narrative makes possible: (1) to identify the mechanisms of the authors’ awareness of their own experience, (2) identification of life events (objective actions and internal states) significant for writers, (3) clarification of motives, principles and means of categorization of these events.

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2020-11-08
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Isaieva, N., Akimova, A., & Akimova, A. (2020). Categorization of Personality Traumatic Experience in Chinese Women’s Diary Narrative: The Frame-Scenario Model. PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, 28(2), 56-81. https://doi.org/10.31470/2309-1797-2020-28-2-56-81