Poetics of the Literary Self-Portrait

Poetics of the Literary Self-Portrait

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A serious and independent contribution to the literature of autobiography. -- John SturrockFrench StudiesClearly a landmark study. It seems certain to provoke a great deal of productive debate among those concerned with any of the many issues it raises. -- Comparative Literature The literary self-portrait, often considered to be an ill- formed autobiography, is receiving more attention as a result of the current obsession with personal narrative, but little progress has been made toward an understanding of its specific features. With Poetics of the Literary Self-Portrait, Michel Beaujour reveals the hidden ambitions of this genre. From St. Augustine to Montaigne, from Nietzsche to Malraux, Leiris and Barthes, individual self-portraits are analyzed jointly with the enduring cultural matrix from which self-portrayal derives its disconcerting non-narrative structure, and many of its recurrent topics.Introduction: Self-. Portrait. and. Autobiography. Ia#39;m not satisfied with the word self -portrait. It evokes Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Francis ... In a literary context, self- portrait remains obstinately metaphorical; and, while self-portraitists often write that they aquot;paint ... the writers in question have ventured in order to designate their aquot;genreaquot;: essay, meditation, promenade, antime- moirs, biography, autoabstraction.

Title:Poetics of the Literary Self-Portrait
Author: Michel Beaujour
Publisher:NYU Press - 2012-01-01

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