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Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Max Saunders

Abstract

This book explores how writers from the 1870s to the 1930s experimented with forms of life‐writing — biography, autobiography, memoir, diary, journal — increasingly for the purposes of fiction. It argues for an upsurge in new hybrid forms — identified in a surprisingly early essay of 1906 (which provides a key term) as ‘autobiografiction’. Examples include ‘Mark Rutherford’, Gissing, Samuel Butler, Gosse, and A. C. Benson. The book offers a taxonomy of their extraordinary variety, showing how they arose as the pressures of secularization and psychological theory disturbed the categories of bio ... More

Keywords: autobiografiction, life‐writing, impressionism, literary impressionism, modernism, Fin de siècle, autobiography, biography, imaginary portrait, heteronym, pseudonym, impersonality, form, aesthetic autobiography, postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Max Saunders, author
Professor of English, King's College London and Co-Director, Centre for Life-Writing Research
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