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Editors' Introduction

By Lucia Boldrini and Peter Davies

Abstract

As a genre and as a critical field, autobiography has rarely been written, read and studied with as much intensity and variety of approaches as in the last quarter of a century. The critical and theoretical emphasis on \ud changing concepts of subjectivity, the role of rhetorical strategies and narrative structures in the representation of self, memory, and history, the re-conceptualisation of the notion and centrality of the ‘author’ (or of its ‘death’), and, not least, the reassessment of the relevance of the \ud auto/biographical subject in the wake of the various critical fallacies exposed by New Criticism, have led to renewed interest in the forms through which subjects negotiate the desire for self-representation and \ud the impossibility of evading the fictionalising effects of language and of all activity of self-speculation. \ud \ud (first paragraph

Topics: Q200, Q290
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gold.ac.uk:4267

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