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- DescriptionBoth the postmodern debate about the -death of the author- and cultural debates about constructing identities (national, socio-political, cultural, ethnic, sexual, etc.) have led to multiple attempts at redefining autobiography, traditionally predicated on concepts of identity and truth. By bringing together twenty-seven case studies of autobiographical texts from over four centuries and from a variety of cultural (mainly Anglophone) backgrounds, this book demonstrates how fruitful a critical focus on the interaction between autobiography and fiction proves for understanding the complex strategies by which subject positions are established and communicated. The texts examined include: De Quincey s Confessions of an English Opium Eater, Thomas Hardy s A Pair of Blue Eyes, Anais Nin s diaries, General Sherman s Memoirs, Abdelkebir Khatibi s L Amour bilingue, Nirad Chaudhuri s Autobiography of an Unkwn Indian, Helene Deutsch s Confrontations with Myself, Sky Lee s Disappearing Moon Cafe, Mary McCarthy s Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, Graham Swift s The Light of Day, Ian McEwan s Atonement, A.S. Byatt s The Biographer s Tale, Richard Wright s Black Boy, and Zora Neale Hurston s Dust Tracks on a Road.
- Author BiographyThe Editors: Sabine Coelsch-Foisner is Professor of English Literature and Cultural Theory and coordinates the Interdisciplinary Research Centre Metamorphic Changes in the Arts at the University of Salzburg. She is the author of several books. Her main fields of research are cultural/critical theory, poetry, Romantic and Victorian culture and literature, the fantastic, literature and the arts. Wolfgang Gortschacher, born in Linz (Austria) in 1960, is Assistant Professor at the University of Salzburg teaching literary criticism and translation studies and the author of various books. He is the owner-director of the press Poetry Salzburg, and edits the magazine Poetry Salzburg Review. Current projects include a book on the impact of (Non-Shakespearean) Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama on later dramatists.
- PublisherPeter Lang AG
- Date of Publication01/04/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleSalzburg Studies in English Literature and Culture Sel & C
- Series Part/Volume Number3
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintPeter Lang AG
- Weight440 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Edited bySabine Coelsch-Foisner,Wolfgang Goertschacher
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