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The Phenomenology of Autobiography

Making it Real

By Arnaud Schmitt

© 2017 – Routledge

178 pages

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Taking a fresh look at the state of autobiography as a genre, The Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making it Real takes a deep dive into the experience of the reader. Dr. Schmitt argues that current trends in the field of life writing have taken the focus away from the text and the initial purpose of autobiography as a means for the author to communicate with a reader and narrate an experience. The study puts autobiography back into a communicational context, and putting forth the notion that one of the reasons why life writing can so often be aesthetically unsatisfactory, or difficult to distinguish from novels, is because it should not be considered as a literary genre, but as a modality with radically different rules and means of evaluation. In other words, not only is autobiography radically different from fiction due to its referentiality, but, first and foremost, it should be read differently.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: The G Word & The H Word

Chapter 2: The Modality of the "I" (Part 1)

Chapter 3: The Modality of the "I" (Part 2)

Chapter 4: Tone & Intimacy

Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Arnaud Schmitt is a Senior Lecturer and Professor at the University of Bordeaux

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BIO000000
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT007000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General