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The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography

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Maria DiBattista, Emily O. Wittman, Adam Becker, John Fleming, Lawrence Kriztman, Eli Friedlander, Frances Wilson, Deborah Nord, Robert Sayre, Alistair Hannay, Alfred MacAdam, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Leland de la Durante, Trudier Harris, Michael Bernard-Donals, Patrick Madden, Mary Cappello
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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107609181

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography offers a historical overview of the genre from the foundational works of Augustine, Montaigne, and Rousseau through the great autobiographies of the Romantic, Victorian, and modern eras. Sixteen essays from distinguished scholars and critics explore the diverse forms, audiences, styles, and motives of life writings traditionally classified under the rubric of autobiography. Chapters are arranged in chronological order and are grouped to reflect changing views of the psychological status, representative character, and moral authority of the autobiographical text. The volume closes with a group portrait of late-modernist and contemporary autobiographies that, by blurring the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction, expand our understanding of the genre. Accessibly written and comprehensive in scope, the volume will appeal especially to students and teachers of non-fiction narrative, creative writing, and literature more broadly.

    • An original overview of autobiography from Augustine to the present day with contributions by notable scholars across the humanities
    • Groundbreaking essays that treat creative non-fiction and the new memoir in the context of the autobiographical tradition
    • One of the first major essays on Fernando Pessoa as a major figure in the Western autobiographical tradition
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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107609181
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Maria DiBattista and Emily O. Wittman
    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Augustine Adam Becker
    2. Medieval European autobiography John Fleming
    3. Montaigne Lawrence Kriztman
    4. Rousseau Eli Friedlander
    Part II. Consolidations:
    5. Romantic autobiography Frances Wilson
    6. Victorian autobiography Deborah Nord
    7. American autobiography Robert Sayre
    Part III. Deflections:
    8. Kierkegaard/Nietzsche Alistair Hannay
    9. Pessoa Alfred MacAdam
    10. Gide/Genet Jean-Michel Rabaté
    Part IV. Prisms:
    11. Nabokov Leland de la Durante
    12. African American autobiography Trudier Harris
    13. Holocaust memoirs Michael Bernard-Donals
    14. Women's autobiographies Maria DiBattista
    15. The 'new' memoir Patrick Madden
    16. Creative non-fiction Mary Cappello.

  • 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 Modernism and Autobiography (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-translator (with Chet Wiener) of Félix Guattari's Soft Subversions: Texts and Interviews, 1977–1985 (2009).

    Contributors

    Maria DiBattista, Emily O. Wittman, Adam Becker, John Fleming, Lawrence Kriztman, Eli Friedlander, Frances Wilson, Deborah Nord, Robert Sayre, Alistair Hannay, Alfred MacAdam, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Leland de la Durante, Trudier Harris, Michael Bernard-Donals, Patrick Madden, Mary Cappello

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