The present paper presents gendered narratives produced during research interviews with readers of a wedding magazine. While interpreting media texts, the women gave accounts of their bridal and feminine experience. Of all understandings of a narrative proposed in discourse analysis, the ones taken here are of a situated construction of self in interaction (Taylor 2006) and of an established sequence of life trajectory (Bruner 1991). Accordingly, the lived experience of identity is approached as discursively mediated – by the available set of subject positions and interpretative repertoires. In the analysis, the interviewees are found to employ socio-culturally accumulated resources of self-construction in talk. Their narrative work reveals how speakers (despite their dependency on the intertextual reservoir of notions, images and associations) seek to position themselves as independent and agentic subjects of discourse.
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