Fictions in Autobiography

Instead, the double presentation of the ending of “A Tin Butterfly” should teach us that autobiographical truth is not a fixed but an evolving content, what we call fact and fiction being rather slippery variables in an intricate ...

Fictions in Autobiography

Investigating autobiographical writing of Mary McCarthy, Henry James, Jean-Paul Sartre, Saul Friedlander, and Maxine Hong Kingston, this book argues that autobiographical truth is not a fixed but an evolving content in a process of self-creation. Further, Paul John Eakin contends, the self at the center of all autobiography is necessarily fictive. Professor Eakin shows that the autobiographical impulse is simply a special form of reflexive consciousness: from a developmental viewpoint, the autobiographical act is a mode of self-invention always practiced first in living and only eventually, and occasionally, in writing. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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Fictions in Autobiography
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Paul John Eakin
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-07-14 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

Investigating autobiographical writing of Mary McCarthy, Henry James, Jean-Paul Sartre, Saul Friedlander, and Maxine Hong Kingston, this book argues that autobiographical truth is not a fixed but an evolving content in a process of self-creation. Further, Paul John Eakin contends, the self at the center of all autobiography is necessarily
Fictions in Autobiography
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Paul John Eakin
Categories: American prose literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1985 - Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press

Investigating autobiographical writing of Mary McCarthy, Henry James, Jean-Paul Sartre, Saul Friedlander, and Maxine Hong Kingston, this book argues that autobiographical truth is not a fixed but an evolving content in a process of self-creation. Further, Paul John Eakin contends, the self at the center of all autobiography is necessarily
Fictions in Autobiography
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Paul John Eakin
Categories: American prose literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1985 - Publisher: Books on Demand

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Touching the World
Language: en
Pages: 249
Authors: Paul John Eakin
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992 - Publisher:

Paul John Eakin's earlier work Fictions in Autobiography is a key text in autobiography studies. In it he proposed that the self that finds expression in autobiography is in fundamental ways a kind of fictive construct, a fiction articulated in a fiction. In this new book Eakin turns his attention
The Fiction of Autobiography
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Micaela Maftei
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-07-04 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Writing autobiography is a complicated, often fraught activity for both writer and reader. We can find many recent examples of the way such writing calls into question the author's truthfulness or their authority to present as definitive their 'version' of a particular event or portion of their lives. Drawing upon