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The Limits of Autobiography
Author: Leigh Gilmore

ISBN: 9780801486746
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 17 December 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.04
Description:
Memoirs in which trauma takes a major -- or the major -- role challenge the limits of autobiography. Leigh Gilmore presents a series of "limit-cases" -- texts that combine elements of autobiography, fiction, biography, history, and theory while representing trauma and the self -- and demonstrates how and why their authors swerve from the formal constraints of autobiography when the representation of trauma coincides with self-representation. Gilmore maintains that conflicting demands on both the self and narrative may prompt formal experimentation by such writers and lead to texts that are not, strictly speaking, autobiography, but are nonetheless deeply engaged with its central concerns.

In astute and compelling readings of texts by Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Dorothy Allison, Mikal Gilmore, Jamaica Kincaid, and Jeanette Winterson, Gilmore explores how each of them poses the questions, "How have I lived? How will I live?" in relation to the social and psychic forms within which trauma emerges. Challenging the very boundaries of autobiography as well as trauma, these stories are not told in conventional ways: the writers testify...

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