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Writing the Self in Post-Structuralist Theory





ISBN 9781032090900
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
268 Pages

 
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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.