Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography

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UNC Press Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
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Traditional autobiography tends to originate in some form of crisis and to develop some form of resolution. In contrast, much contemporary autobiography deals with unresolved crises and cannot even assume authoritative, first-person narration. Susanna Ega
 

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Contents

Facing Off Genres of Life and Death
1
Literary Pyrotechnics Finding the Subject among the Smoke and Mirrors
29
Speculation in the Auditorium Film and Drama as Genres of Autobiography
84
Dialogues of Diaspora
120
Refractions of Mirror Talk or the Historian in Hell The Case of Primo Levi
159
Death and Its Points of Departure
195
Talking Back Autobiography as Mirror Talk
225
Notes
231
Works Cited
249
Index
267
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About the author (1999)

Susanna Egan is associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia and author of "Patterns of Experience in Autobiography.

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