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University of Pennsylvania Press

Autobiography: Toward a Poetics of Experience

Autobiography: Toward a Poetics of Experience

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Autobiography, Gunn argues, must be reunderstood as a cultural act of reading the self, not as a private act of writing the self. Moreover, the self that is read (both by the autobiographer and the reader of autobiography) is the displayed self, not the hidden self--the self that appears in the world and can be experienced, and thereby realized, by others. Drawing on narrative theory, phenomenology, and hermeneutics, Gunn locates the literary features of autobiography in the larger anthropological context of what she calls the autobiographical situation.

An elegantly constructed interdisciplinary analysis, this book renders the hybrid genre of autobiography freshly problematic.

Author: Janet Varner Gunn
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: 03/29/1982
Pages: 168
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.79lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780812278347

About the Author
Janet Varner Gunn teaches in the Department of English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. She is the author of Second Life: A West Bank Memoir.

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