Patterns of Experience in Autobiography

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University of North Carolina Press, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 226 pages
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Egan asks why autobiographers use patterns -- such as myths of paradise and paradise lost, the journey, conversion, and confession -- taken from fiction to express personal experiences. She suggests that these stages of the written life derive from psychological imperatives that determine how the self and the world are perceived. She examines the autobiographical works of Rousseau, Wordsworth, George Moore, and Thomas Carlyle and the writings of William Hale White, De Quincey, and John Stuart Mill.

Originally published in 1984.

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From Innocence to Experience
The Heroic Journey and
Conversion or Descent

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Linda Warley teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. She has published articles in journals such as "Canadian Literature", "a/b: Auto/Biography Studies", and "Reading Canadian Autobiography", a special issue of "Essays on Canadian Writing".

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