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- DescriptionWith its large variety of forms and manifestations, autobiography is every theoretician's nightmare. Although ubiquitous - few literary creations are truly anymous - it is also commonly believed to be disappearing into thin air. Leszek Drong argues for the reification of the concept of autobiography, but his argument does t play into the hands of those who favour neat generic classifications. Instead, in Masks and Icons, the autobiographical is construed as a figure of reading, an interpretive strategy which implicates the reader in a confrontation with her/his own subjectivity. Taking heed of Friedrich Nietzsche's project, which consisted in 'giving style to oneself', Drong explores the modes of self-fashioning in modern autobiographical writings and demonstrates how discursive images of a writer's 'I' affect our self-perception.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Leszek Drong is Lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Silesia. He has published extensively on autobiography and subjectivity. His research interests also include the political and cultural consequences of European integration.
- Author(s)Leszek Drong
- PublisherPeter Lang AG
- Date of Publication01/07/2001
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleLiterary & Cultural Theory
- Series Part/Volume Number10
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintPeter Lang AG
- Content Note4 fig.
- Weight200 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
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