Handbook of Autobiography   Autofiction Book

Handbook of Autobiography Autofiction


  • Author : Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2019-01-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 2220
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110381481

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Handbook of Autobiography Autofiction Excerpt :

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 memoirs, diaries, self-portraits and autofiction as well as media transformations of the genre, this three-volume handbook offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical approaches, systematic aspects, and historical developments in an international and interdisciplinary perspective. While autobiography is usually considered to be a European tradition, special emphasis is placed on the modes of self-representation in non-Western cultures and on inter- and transcultural perspectives of the genre. The individual contributions are closely interconnected by a system of cross-references. The handbook addresses scholars of cultural and literary studies, students as well as non-academic readers.

The Autobiography Effect Book

The Autobiography Effect


  • Author : Dennis Schep
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-08-09
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000497328

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The Autobiography Effect Excerpt :

Since the advent of post-structuralism, various authors have problematized the modern conception of autobiography by questioning the status of authorship and interrogating the relation between language and reality. Yet even after making autobiography into a theoretical problem, many of these authors ended up writing about themselves. This paradox stands at the center of this wide-ranging study of the form and function of autobiography in the work of authors who have distanced themselves from its modern instantiation. Discussing Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous and others, this book grapples with the question of what it means to write the self when the self is understood as an effect of writing. Combining close reading, intellectual history and literary theory, The Autobiography Effect traces how precisely its theoretically problematic nature made autobiography into a central scene for the negotiation of philosophical positions and anxieties after structuralism.

A Manual for Cleaning Women Book
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A Manual for Cleaning Women


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2015-08-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374712860

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A Manual for Cleaning Women Excerpt :

"I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, like cream, sooner or later, and will become exactly as well-known as they should be-their work talked about, quoted, taught, performed, filmed, set to music, anthologized. Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves." -Lydia Davis A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.

The Autobiography of Anne Lady Halkett Book

The Autobiography of Anne Lady Halkett


  • Author : lady Anne (Murray) Halkett
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1875
  • Genre: Great Britain
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN 10 : UCSD:31822024478638

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The Autofictional Book

The Autofictional


  • Author : Alexandra Effe
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2022-01-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 3030784428

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The Autofictional Excerpt :

This open access book offers innovative and wide-ranging responses to the continuously flourishing literary phenomenon of autofiction. The book shows the insights that are gained in the shift from the genre descriptor to the adjective, and from a broad application of “the autofictional” as a theoretical lens and aesthetic strategy. In three sections on “Approaches,” “Affordances,” and “Forms,” the volume proposes new theoretical approaches for the study of autofiction and the autofictional, offers fresh perspectives on many of the prominent authors in the discussion, draws them into a dialogue with autofictional practice from across the globe, and brings into view texts, forms, and media that have not traditionally been considered for their autofictional dimensions. The book, in sum, expands the parameters of research on autofiction to date to allow new voices and viewpoints to emerge.

Autofiction Book

Autofiction


  • Author : Antonia Wimbush
  • Publisher : Liverpool University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-07-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800858015

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Autofiction Excerpt :

Autofiction: A Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile explores the multiple aspects of exile, displacement, mobility, and identity as expressed in contemporary autofictional work written in French by women writers from across the francophone world. Drawing on postcolonial theory, gender theory, and autobiographical theory, the book analyses narratives of exile by six authors who are shaped by their multiple locales of attachment: Kim Lefèvre (Vietnam/France), Gisèle Pineau (Guadeloupe/mainland France), Nina Bouraoui (Algeria/France), Michèle Rakotoson (Madagascar/France), Véronique Tadjo (Côte d'Ivoire/France), and Abla Farhoud (Lebanon/Quebec). In this way, the book argues that the French colonial past continues to mould female articulations of mobility and identity in the postcolonial present. Responding to gaps in the critical discourse of exile, namely gender, this book brings genre in both its forms - gender and literary genre - to bear on narratives of exile, arguing that the reconceptualization of categories of mobility occurs specifically in women's autofictional writing. The six authors complicate discussions of exile as they are highly mobile, hybrid subjects. This rootless existence, however, often renders them alienated and 'out of place'. While ensuring not to trivialize the very real difficulties faced by those whose exile is not a matter of choice, the book argues that the six authors experience their hybridity as both a literal and a metaphorical exile, a source of both creativity and trauma.

Stone Butch Blues Book
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Stone Butch Blues


  • Author : Leslie Feinberg
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2010-11
  • Genre: Coming out (Sexual orientation)
  • Pages : 580
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459608450

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Stone Butch Blues Excerpt :

Published in 1993, this brave, original novel is considered to be the finest account ever written of the complexities of a transgendered existence. Woman or man? Thats the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. Growing up differently gendered in a blue--collar town in the 1950s, coming out as a butch in the bars and factories of the prefeminist 60s, deciding to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early 70s. This powerful, provocative and deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, she learns to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world demanding simple explanations: a he-she emerging whole, weathering the turbulence.

Design and Truth in Autobiography Book

Design and Truth in Autobiography


  • Author : Roy Pascal
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-08-20
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317379676

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Design and Truth in Autobiography Excerpt :

Originally published in 1960. Is there an art of autobiography? What are its origins and how has it come to acquire the form we know today? For what does the autobiographer seek, and why should it be so popular? This study suggests some of the answers to these questions. It takes the view that autobiography is one of the dominant and characteristic forms of literary self-expression and deserves examination for its own sake. This book outlines a definition of the form and traces its historical origins and development, analyses its ‘truth’ and talks about what sort of self-knowledge it investigates.

The Autofictional Book

The Autofictional


  • Author : Alexandra Effe
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2022-01-03
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030784409

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The Autofictional Excerpt :

This open access book offers innovative and wide-ranging responses to the continuously flourishing literary phenomenon of autofiction. The book shows the insights that are gained in the shift from the genre descriptor to the adjective, and from a broad application of “the autofictional” as a theoretical lens and aesthetic strategy. In three sections on “Approaches,” “Affordances,” and “Forms,” the volume proposes new theoretical approaches for the study of autofiction and the autofictional, offers fresh perspectives on many of the prominent authors in the discussion, draws them into a dialogue with autofictional practice from across the globe, and brings into view texts, forms, and media that have not traditionally been considered for their autofictional dimensions. The book, in sum, expands the parameters of research on autofiction to date to allow new voices and viewpoints to emerge.

Biofiction Book

Biofiction


  • Author : Michael Lackey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-07-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000399721

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Biofiction Excerpt :

Biofiction: An Introduction provides readers with the history, origins, evolution, and legitimization of biofiction, suggesting potential lines of inquiry, exploring criticisms of the literary form, and modeling the process of analyzing and interpreting individual texts. Written for undergraduate and graduate students, this volume combines comprehensive coverage of the core foundations of biofiction with contemporary and lively debates within the subject. The volume aims to confront and illuminate the following questions: • When did biofiction come into being? • What forces gave birth to it? • How does it uniquely function and signify? • Why has it become such a dominant aesthetic form in recent years? This introduction will give readers a framework for evaluating specific biofictions from writers as varied as Friedrich Nietzsche, George Moore, Zora Neale Hurston, William Styron, Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, and Colm Tóibín, thus enabling readers to assess the value and impact of individual works on the culture at large. Spanning nineteenth-century origins to contemporary debates and adaptations, this book not only equips the reader with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of biofiction but also provides a valuable guide to the uncanny power of the biographical novel to transform cultural attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs.

Handbook of Narratology Book

Handbook of Narratology


  • Author : Peter Hühn
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2014-10-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 954
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110316469

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Handbook of Narratology Excerpt :

This handbook provides a systematic overview of the present state of international research in narratology and is now available in a second, completely revised and expanded edition.Detailed individual studies by internationally renowned narratologists elucidate central terms of narratology, present a critical account of the major research positions and their historical development and indicate directions for future research.

The Routledge Auto Biography Studies Reader Book

The Routledge Auto Biography Studies Reader


  • Author : Ricia Anne Chansky
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-11-16
  • Genre: Autobiography
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN 10 : 1138904767

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The Routledge Auto Biography Studies Reader Excerpt :

The Routledge Auto|Biography Studies Reader collects together key theoretical essays in the field, creating a solid base for any critical study of autobiography, biography, or life writing. Beginning with a foreword by Sidonie Smith and a general introduction to the collection, the book is then divided into three sections--Foundations, Transformations, and Futures--each with its own introduction. Significant themes weave throughout the sections, including canonicity; genre, modality, and interdisciplinarity; reclamation of texts; disability and the contested body; trauma; agency, silence, and voicing; celebrity culture; digital lives; subjects in the margins; postcolonialism; posthumanism; and, ecocriticism. Attention has also been given to a variety of methodological approaches, such as archival research, genealogical study, DNA testing, autoethnography, testimonio, and oral history, among others.

Narrative Factuality Book

Narrative Factuality


  • Author : Monika Fludernik
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2019-12-16
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 789
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110484991

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Narrative Factuality Excerpt :

The study of narrative—the object of the rapidly growing discipline of narratology—has been traditionally concerned with the fictional narratives of literature, such as novels or short stories. But narrative is a transdisciplinary and transmedial concept whose manifestations encompass both the fictional and the factual. In this volume, which provides a companion piece to Tobias Klauk and Tilmann Köppe’s Fiktionalität: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch, the use of narrative to convey true and reliable information is systematically explored across media, cultures and disciplines, as well as in its narratological, stylistic, philosophical, and rhetorical dimensions. At a time when the notion of truth has come under attack, it is imperative to reaffirm the commitment to facts of certain types of narrative, and to examine critically the foundations of this commitment. But because it takes a background for a figure to emerge clearly, this book will also explore nonfactual types of narratives, thereby providing insights into the nature of narrative fiction that could not be reached from the narrowly literary perspective of early narratology.

Mapping the Origins of Figurative Language in Comparative Literature Book

Mapping the Origins of Figurative Language in Comparative Literature


  • Author : Richard Trim
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-10-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 146
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000482379

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Mapping the Origins of Figurative Language in Comparative Literature Excerpt :

This book investigates the origins of figurative language in literary discourse within a cognitive framework. It represents an interface between linguistics and literature and develops a 6-tier theoretical model which analyses the different factors contributing to the creation of figurative words and expressions. By examining features ranging from language structure to figurative thought, cultural history, reference, narrative and the personal experience of authors, it develops a global overview of the processes involved. Due to its particularly innovative characteristics in literature, the theme of death is explored in relation to universal concepts such as love and time. These aspects are discussed in the light of well-known authors in comparative literature such as D.H. Lawrence, Simone De Beauvoir, Hermann Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges. The origins can involve complex conceptual mappings in figures of speech such as metaphor and symbolism. They are often at the roots of an author’s personal desires or represent the search for answers to human existence. This approach offers a wide variety of new ideas and research possibilities for postgraduate and research students in modern languages, linguistics and literature. It would also be of interest to academic researchers in these disciplines as well as the general public who would like to delve deeper into the relevant fields.