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Autobiography : A Very Short Introduction - Laura Marcus


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 15th October 2018
ISBN: 9780199669240
Number Of Pages: 168

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Autobiography is one of the most popular of written forms. From Casanova to Benjamin Franklin to the Kardashians, individuals throughout history have recorded their own lives and experiences. These personal writings are central to the work of literary critics, philosophers, historians, and psychologists, who have found in autobiographies from across the centuries not only an understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived, but the most fundamental accounts of what it means to be a self in the world.

In this Very Short Introduction Laura Marcus defines what we mean by "autobiography," and considers its relationship with similar literary forms such as memoirs, journals, letters, diaries, and essays. Analyzing the core themes in autobiographical writing, such as confession, conversion and testimony, romanticism and the journeying self; Marcus discusses the autobiographical consciousness (and the roles played by time, memory and identity), and considers the relationship between psychoanalysis and autobiography. Exploring the themes of self-portraiture and performance, Marcus also discusses the ways in which fiction and autobiography have shaped each other.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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excellent VSI * ANZ LitLovers LiBlog *
A useful and entertaining introduction to autobiography by its foremost theorist. Clear, comprehensive, and very clever. For students and scholars alike. * Zachary Leader, University of Roehampton *

Introduction 1: Confession, Conversion, Testimony 2: The Journeying Self 3: Autobiographical Consciousness 4: Autobiography and psychoanalysis 5: Family Histories and the Autobiography of Childhood 6: Public Selves 7: Self-portraiture, photography and performance References Further Reading Index

ISBN: 9780199669240
ISBN-10: 0199669244
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 15th October 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 11.43  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14

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