The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography

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Maria DiBattista, Emily Wittman
Cambridge University Press, May 29, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography offers a historical overview of the genre from the foundational works of Augustine, Montaigne, and Rousseau through the great autobiographies of the Romantic, Victorian, and modern eras. Sixteen essays from distinguished scholars and critics explore the diverse forms, audiences, styles, and motives of life writings traditionally classified under the rubric of autobiography. Chapters are arranged in chronological order and are grouped to reflect changing views of the psychological status, representative character, and moral authority of the autobiographical text. The volume closes with a group portrait of late-modernist and contemporary autobiographies that, by blurring the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction, expand our understanding of the genre. Accessibly written and comprehensive in scope, the volume will appeal especially to students and teachers of non-fiction narrative, creative writing, and literature more broadly.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Augustines Confessions
23
Medieval European Autobiography
35
Montaigne and the Crisis of Autobiography
49
Rousseaus Autobiographies
58
Romantic Autobiography
71
Sons and Fathers
87
American Autobiography and History
102
André Gide and Jean Genet
148
The True Purpose of Autobiography or the Fate
165
African American Autobiography
180
Writing Forgetfully
195
Womens Autobiographies
208
The New Memoir
222
Creative Nonfiction
237
Index
253

Kierkegaard and Nietzsche
119
Pessoa
133

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About the author (2014)

Maria DiBattista is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She has written extensively on modern literature and film, and her books include First Love: The Affections of Modern Fiction; Fast Talking Dames, a study of American film comedy of the thirties and forties; Imagining Virginia Woolf: An Experiment in Critical Biography; and Novel Characters: A Genealogy.

Emily O. Wittman, Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama, has published widely on literary modernism, translation studies and autobiography. She is co-editor (with Maria DiBattista) of Modernism and Autobiography (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-translator (with Chet Wiener) of Félix Guattari's Soft Subversions: Texts and Interviews, 1977-1985 (2009).

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