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The Autobiography Effect : Writing the Self in Post-Structuralist Theory, Hardback Book

The Autobiography Effect : Writing the Self in Post-Structuralist Theory Hardback

Part of the Routledge Auto/Biography Studies series


Since the advent of post-structuralism, various authors have problematized the modern conception of autobiography by questioning the status of authorship and interrogating the relation between language and reality.

Yet even after making autobiography into a theoretical problem, many of these authors ended up writing about themselves.

This paradox stands at the center of this wide-ranging study of the form and function of autobiography in the work of authors who have distanced themselves from its modern instantiation.

Discussing Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Helene Cixous and others, this book grapples with the question of what it means to write the self when the self is understood as an effect of writing.

Combining close reading, intellectual history and literary theory, The Autobiography Effect traces how precisely its theoretically problematic nature made autobiography into a central scene for the negotiation of philosophical positions and anxieties after structuralism.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780367330538

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