1st Edition

The Autobiography Effect
Writing the Self in Post-Structuralist Theory




ISBN 9780367330538
Published July 30, 2019 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter One: The Subject of Autobiography

Barthes’ anti-authorialism

Copyright and authorship

Barthesian autobiography

Return of the referent

The autobiography effect

Notes

Bibliography

 

Chapter Two: Bodies in Crisis

Pathography

Metaphor (Nancy)

Contingency (Nietzsche)

Interruption (Ronell)

Notes

Bibliography

 

Chapter Three: Eye Problems

Anthropology (Nietzsche)

Alterity (Derrida)

I (Cixous)

Notes

Bibliography

 

Chapter Four: Origin Algeria

Silence

Breaking the silence

Discursive proliferation

L’Allégorie française

Notes

Bibliography

 

Chapter Five: How Not to Write about Oneself

Lack of identity (Lévi-Strauss)

Posthumous rereadings (de Man)

The ecstasy of anonymity (Foucault)

Conclusions

Notes

Bibliography

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Biography

Dennis Schep is the author of Drugs; Rhetoric of Fantasy, Addiction to Truth (Atropos Press, 2011), and of many academic and journalistic articles. He received his PhD in literary studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2017. His current focus is on the establishment of the Foundry, a residency for intellectuals and artists in rural Galicia.