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Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

1998

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Confession And Identity, Philip Marshall Jan 1998

Confession And Identity, Philip Marshall

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

It seems an appropriate time for confessions. Clinton, in what could be described as an "incremental" confession, has made his admission of "inappropriate" intimate relations with Monica Lewinsky not only a running media event, but also a semantic debate about how far one goes before one is both lying and having sex.

Confession is, at its base, a revelation of the self. It is marking one's boundaries of identity, particularly in how that identity is publicly displayed. Confession also implies that there are hidden elements of the self that are not normally revealed, but that some shift has occurred ...