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Autobiographies of Others Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction by Lucia (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) Boldrini
  

Autobiographies of Others Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction

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Part of the Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature Series

Synopsis

Autobiographies of Others Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction by Lucia (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) Boldrini

In this volume, Boldrini examines heterobiography -the first-person fictional account of a historic life. Boldrini shows that this mode is widely employed to reflect critically on the historical and philosophical understanding of the human; on individual identity; and on the power relationships that define the subject. In such texts, the grammatical first person becomes the site of an encounter, a stage where the relationships between historical, fictional and authorial subjectivities are played out and explored in the 'double I' of author and narrating historical character, of fictional narrator and historical person. Boldrini considers the ethical implications of assuming another's first-person voice, and the fraught issue of authorial responsibility. Constructions of the body are examined in relation to the material evidence of the subject's existence. Texts studied include Malouf's An Imaginary Life, Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang, Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Adair's The Death of the Author, Banti's Artemisia, Vazquez Montalban's Autobiografia del general Franco. Also discussed, among others: Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, Tabucchi's The Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa, Gimenez-Bartlett's Una habitacion ajena (A Room of Someone Else's).

About the Author

Lucia Boldrini is Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th June 2012

Author

Lucia (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) Boldrini

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Publisher

Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Hardback
242 pages

Categories

Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9780415507370

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