In this book, Claire Boyle presents an account of the death of autobiography in the post-war era of French literature. She challenges assumptions that are sometimes made about why it is that writers are reluctant to be associated with the genre of autobiography.
Introduction 1. Autobiography: Orthodoxies and Paradoxes 2. Sarraute Writing the Self: The Drama of Self-Possession 3. Perec: Autobiography, Possession and the Dispossessed Self 4. Genet Inside and Out: Autobiography, Marginality and Empowerment 5. Helene Cixous: Autobiography, the Ethics of Knowledge and Strategies of Self-Writing 6. Conclusion