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Modernism and Autobiography

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Maria DiBattista, Emily O. Wittman, Francis O'Gorman, Rónán McDonald, Michael Levenson, Lee Mitchell, Elizabeth Abel, Jonathan Greenberg, Barbara Will, Allan Hepburn, Marc Conner, Santanu Das, Jay Dickson, Max Saunders, Robert Caserio, Michael Wood
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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107025226

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  • This volume offers sixteen original essays that attest to the extraordinary inventiveness and range of modernist autobiography. It examines the ways modernist writers chose to tell their life stories, with particular attention to forms, venues, modes of address, and degrees of truthfulness. The essays are grouped around a set of rubrics that isolate the distinctive character and shared preoccupations of modernist life-writings: questions of ancestry and tradition that foreground the modernists' troubled relation to their immediate familial as well as cultural past; their emergence as writers whose experiences found expression in untraditional and singular forms; their sense of themselves as survivors of personal and historical traumas; and their burdens as self-chroniclers of loss, especially of self-loss. It will appeal especially to scholars and students of literary modernism and English literature more generally.

    • This is the first book of its kind to address modernist autobiography in a comprehensive way
    • Includes essays on a number of writers whose star is rising, including Elizabeth Bowen, Jean Rhys and Katherine Mansfield
    • Provides a fresh look at pivotal figures in life-writing who have been largely ignored in other books on modernism, including Edmund Gosse, Henry Miller, and Henry Adams
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107025226
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Maria DiBattista and Emily O. Wittman
    Part I. Ancestries:
    1. Edmund Gosse's Father and Son: a nervous history Francis O'Gorman
    2. The 'fascination of what I loathed': science and self in W. B. Yeats's autobiographies Rónán McDonald
    3. Writing at sea: Conrad's Personal Record of 'my life', and 'my two lives' Michael Levenson
    4. Two Henrys: James and Adams as autobiographers Lee Mitchell
    5. Spaces of time: Virginia Woolf's life-writing Elizabeth Abel
    Part II. Emerging:
    6. Travel writing as modernist autobiography: Evelyn Waugh's Labels and the writing personality Jonathan Greenberg
    7. Queer autobiographical masquerade: Stein, Toklas, and others Barbara Will
    8. Elizabeth Bowen and modernist autobiography Allan Hepburn
    9. 'Leaving the Territory': Ralph Ellison's backward glance Marc Conner
    Part III. Surviving:
    10. Touching subliterate lives: Indian soldiers, the Great War, and life-writing Santanu Das
    11. The last of Katherine Mansfield Jay Dickson
    12. T. S. Eliot's impersonal correspondence Max Saunders
    13. The real Hem Maria DiBattista
    Part IV. Disappearing:
    14. 'Death Before the Fact': posthumous autobiography in Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight and Smile Please Emily O. Wittman
    15. Abstraction, impersonality, abstraction Robert Caserio
    16. Name after name: Beckett's secret autobiography Michael Wood.

  • Editors

    Maria DiBattista, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Maria DiBattista is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She has written extensively on modern literature and film, and her books include First Love: The Affections of Modern Fiction; Fast Talking Dames, a study of American film comedy of the thirties and forties; Imagining Virginia Woolf: An Experiment in Critical Biography; and Novel Characters: A Genealogy.

    Emily O. Wittman, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
    Emily O. Wittman, Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama, has published widely on literary modernism, translation studies, and autobiography. She is co-editor (with Maria DiBattista) of The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-translator (with Chet Wiener) of Félix Guattari's Soft Subversions: Texts and Interviews 1977–1985 (2009).


    Maria DiBattista, Emily O. Wittman, Francis O'Gorman, Rónán McDonald, Michael Levenson, Lee Mitchell, Elizabeth Abel, Jonathan Greenberg, Barbara Will, Allan Hepburn, Marc Conner, Santanu Das, Jay Dickson, Max Saunders, Robert Caserio, Michael Wood

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