Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography

Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography


  • Author : Edward W. Said
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0231140053


Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography Book Description :

Edward W. Said locates Joseph Conrad's fear of personal disintegration in his constant re-narration of the past. Using the author's personal letters as a guide to understanding his fiction, Said draws an important parallel between Conrad's view of his own life and the manner and form of his stories. The critic also argues that the author, who set his fiction in exotic locations like East Asia and Africa, projects political dimensions in his work that mirror a colonialist preoccupation with "civilizing" native peoples. Said then suggests that this dimension should be considered when reading all of Western literature. First published in 1966, Said's critique of the Western self's struggle with modernity signaled the beginnings of his groundbreaking wor...

The Fiction of Autobiography

The Fiction of Autobiography


  • Author : Micaela Maftei
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2013-07-04
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781623561758


The Fiction of Autobiography Book Description :

Writing autobiography is a complicated, often fraught activity for both writer and reader. We can find many recent examples of the way such writing calls into question the author's truthfulness or their authority to present as definitive their 'version' of a particular event or portion of their lives. Drawing upon a wide range of late twentieth and early twenty-first-century autobiographical writing, The Fiction of Autobiography examines key aspects of autobiography from the interrelated perspectives of author, reader, critic and scholar, to reconsider how we view this form of writing, and its relationship to the way we understand and construct identity. Maftei considers recent cases and texts such as Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and Frey's ...

Handbook of Autobiography   Autofiction

Handbook of Autobiography Autofiction


  • Author : Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2019-01-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110381481


Handbook of Autobiography Autofiction Book Description :

Autobiographical writings have been a major cultural genre from antiquity to the present time. General questions of the literary as, e.g., the relation between literature and reality, truth and fiction, the dependency of author, narrator, and figure, or issues of individual and cultural styles etc., can be studied preeminently in the autobiographical genre. Yet, the tradition of life-writing has, in the course of literary history, developed manifold types and forms. Especially in the globalized age, where the media and other technological / cultural factors contribute to a rapid transformation of lifestyles, autobiographical writing has maintained, even enhanced, its popularity and importance. By conceiving autobiography in a wide sense that includes...

The Fiction of Autobiography

The Fiction of Autobiography


  • Author : Micaela Maftei
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2013-07-04
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781623561819


The Fiction of Autobiography Book Description :

Writing autobiography is a complicated, often fraught activity for both writer and reader. We can find many recent examples of the way such writing calls into question the author's truthfulness or their authority to present as definitive their 'version' of a particular event or portion of their lives. Drawing upon a wide range of late twentieth and early twenty-first-century autobiographical writing, The Fiction of Autobiography examines key aspects of autobiography from the interrelated perspectives of author, reader, critic and scholar, to reconsider how we view this form of writing, and its relationship to the way we understand and construct identity. Maftei considers recent cases and texts such as Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and Frey's ...

Borderlines

Borderlines


  • Author : Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9042011459


Borderlines Book Description :

Borderlines. Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern Life Writing locates and investigates the borderlines between autobiography and fiction in various kinds of life-writing dating from the last thirty years. This volume offers a valuable comparative approach to texts by French, English, American, and German authors to illustrate the different forms of experimentation with the borders between genres and literary modes. Gudmundsdóttir tackles important contemporary concerns such as autobiography's relationship to postmodernism by investigating themes such as memory and crossing cultural divides, the use of photographs in autobiography and the role of narrative in life-writing. This work is of interest to students and scholars of comparative literatur...

Fictions in Autobiography

Fictions in Autobiography


  • Author : Paul John Eakin
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-07-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400854790


Fictions in Autobiography Book Description :

Investigating autobiographical writing of Mary McCarthy, Henry James, Jean-Paul Sartre, Saul Friedlander, and Maxine Hong Kingston, this book argues that autobiographical truth is not a fixed but an evolving content in a process of self-creation. Further, Paul John Eakin contends, the self at the center of all autobiography is necessarily fictive. Professor Eakin shows that the autobiographical impulse is simply a special form of reflexive consciousness: from a developmental viewpoint, the autobiographical act is a mode of self-invention always practiced first in living and only eventually, and occasionally, in writing. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previo...

Autobiography of a Corpse
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Autobiography of a Corpse


  • Author : Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Release Date : 2013-12-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590176962


Autobiography of a Corpse Book Description :

An NYRB Classics Original Winner of the 2014 PEN Translation Prize Winner of the 2014 Read Russia Prize The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new collection of eleven mind-bending and spellbinding tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky’s most dazzling conceits: a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of his room’s previous occupant; the fingers of a celebrated pianist’s right hand run away to spend a night alone on the city streets; a man’s lifelong quest to bite his own elbow inspires both a hugely popular circus act and a new refutation of Kant. Ordinary realit...

Autobiography Without Words

Autobiography Without Words


  • Author : Peter Cherches
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1938349563


Autobiography Without Words Book Description :

Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. There's a thin line between memoir and fiction, and Peter Cherches walks it in AUTOBIOGRAPHY WITHOUT WORDS. We follow the main character, variously known as Pete, Mr. Cherches and Peter Cherches, through the big and small adventures of life, from childhood crimes and punishments to trips to India and Mars. A departure from the cool minimalism of Cherches' previous collection, LIFT YOUR RIGHT ARM, this book will break your heart, mess with your head and have you rolling on the floor, all at once....

The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography

The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography


  • Author : Maria DiBattista
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107028104


The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography Book Description :

A historical overview of autobiography from the works of Augustine, Montaigne, and Rousseau to the Romantic, Victorian, and modern eras....

Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing

Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing


  • Author : Celia Hunt
  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1853027472


Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing Book Description :

'It was the author's own experience of fictional autobiography that led Celia Hunt serendipiditously to appreciate that such writing could be therapeutic. She noticed, for example, and this was subsequently echoed in many of her students' experiences, a beneficial psychological change - and increased inner freedom, greater psychic flexability (perhaps the key to creativity and psychological health), a stronger sense of personal identity. This book tells us about the hows and whys of such therapeutic change.' - AutoBiographyJournal.com 'A critical examination of the therapeutic possibilities of autobiographical fiction that draws on perspectives from both psychoanalytic and literary studies.' - The Journal Of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psych...