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French Autobiography: Devices and Desires: Rousseau to Perec

Michael Sheringham


This book studies French autobiography. Whereas earlier critics have engaged primarily in theoretical discussion of the genre, or in analyses of individual works or authors, this book identifies sixteen key autobiographical texts and situates them in the context of an evolving set of challenges and problems. Informed by a sophisticated awareness of recent theoretical debates, the book conceives autobiography as a distinctively open form of writing, perpetually engaged with different forms of ‘otherness’. Manifestations of the Other in the autobiographical process — from the reader, who incarna ... More

Keywords: French autobiography, otherness, autobiographical process, ideology, reader, Rousseau, Stendhal, Sartre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158431
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158431.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Sheringham, author
University of Kent at Canterbury