"Lose Yourself": Narrative Instability and Unstable Identities in Black Swan

Stefan Schubert


This article discusses narrative instability as a significant dynamic in recent American cinema and focuses on an investigation of the film Black Swan as such a narratively unstable text. After an introduction to narrative instability and its connection to a (post-)postmodern cultural instability in general, I analyze Black Swan as a narratively unstable text that dramatizes previous unstable films’ concerns about identity and reality.


Narrative Instability; Narrativity; Post-Postmodernism; Identity; Black Swan

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