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Walking in the world of ruins: Explorations in the processes and products of autobiographical fiction

Hurley, UK 2011, 'Walking in the world of ruins: Explorations in the processes and products of autobiographical fiction' , International Journal of the Arts in Society . (In Press)

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Abstract

I continue his [Sebald's] walks in the world of ruins, of what is dead. I continue his contact with a stimulating tendency of the contemporary novel, a tendency that opens new ground in between essay, fiction and autobiography... So writes Enrique Vila-Matas in his innovative text, Montano. In attempting to map this new ground, the processes and products of autobiographical fictions will be scrutinised with particular reference to questions of authenticity and voice, drawing examples from texts including James Frey's A Million Little Pieces, which problematise genre boundaries, question the relationship between reader and author, and demonstrate how life experience now, literally, has a price. The paper will conclude by proposing the first steps towards a reading and writing practice where, in the words of Goldberg, ‘every page trembles, vulnerable to manifold incursions - of prior texts, of future accidents, of reading and writing’.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of the Arts in Society
Publisher: Common Ground
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 18331866
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Depositing User: Dr Ursula Hurley
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 12:04
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 13:51
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16550

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