Autobiography

Autobiography This addition to the acclaimed New Critical Idiom series offers a wide ranging introduction to the study of autobiography and a historical overview of autobiographical writing from St Augustine to the

  • Title: Autobiography
  • Author: Linda Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780415186353
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • This addition to the acclaimed New Critical Idiom series offers a wide ranging introduction to the study of autobiography and a historical overview of autobiographical writing from St Augustine to the present day.Autobiography follows the important developments in autobiographical criticism in the last thirty years, paying particular attention to psychoanalytic, poststructThis addition to the acclaimed New Critical Idiom series offers a wide ranging introduction to the study of autobiography and a historical overview of autobiographical writing from St Augustine to the present day.Autobiography follows the important developments in autobiographical criticism in the last thirty years, paying particular attention to psychoanalytic, poststructualist and feminist approaches Autobiography outlines the main theoretical issues and concepts of this area looks at the different forms from confessions to narratives to memoirs to diaries considers the major writers of this tradition looks at the ideological assumptions about the nature of the self.

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    1. I really liked reading this book! I usually don't enjoy texts that are both long and heavily theory-based, but this was surprisingly read-able and very eye opening. I read it for the purpose of my BA thesis, but I think it would have been good to read for leisure as well. Anderson does an incredible job of talking about the history of Autobiography and the critiques of Autobiography, paying particular and nuanced attention to marginalized voices. I felt like the end was leading towards a larger [...]

    2. Another one of these? Well, okay. They're good for me, I suppose. Theory and criticism is an interesting way to meet some of these people--Hester Thrale (loved her kids, liked being a mom, didn't challenge any norms, just liked to write stuff down), Rousseau ("I will venture to say that I am like no one in the whole world"--bleh, sounds like me in high school), Freud (always so classically repressed by his own standards). And then poststructuralism happens and things get weird (mommy issues, cir [...]

    3. What is autobiographical writing and what does it do for and to the writer? This short and quick read has some excellent answers to those questions, referring to the greatest autobiographical books of history as examples. One issue in particular is the nature of time in a life- does the present re-write the past, or does the past write the present? Or some mix of these things? Does autobiography make the writer the subject, or does it further establish her as an object? How can the writer influe [...]

    4. Anderson's contribution to 'The New Critical idiom' series provides a clearly structured, wide ranging introduction to autobiographical studies. It focuses heavily on the central importance of gender in both the historical practice and critical study of autobiography.

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