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Apology to Apostrophe: Autobiography and the Rhetoric of Self-Representation in Spain

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Publisher Comments:

Who writes "I"? To whom are autobiographies addressed? What kinds of readers are inscribed in autobiographical narratives? In Apology to Apostrophe, James D. Fernández's offers a lucid and powerful meditation on the nature of autobiographical writing through his investigation of the historical conditions and literary stagings of autobiographical writing in Spain.

As Fernández demonstrates, recent developments in critical theory provide new and fruitful approaches to autobiographical works that have long been neglected, misunderstood, or, in some cases, virtually unknown. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on nineteenth-century Spain, Fernández exposes a rhetorical tension that often occurs in autobiographical discourse, between self-justification, or "apology," and the transcendence of this worldly impulse, or "apostrophe." This tension, he argues, is of particular interest in the case of Spain, but not peculiar to that nation, and his attention to the theoretical nature of autobiography leads to insightfl considerations of many canonical European autobiographies, including those of Saint Augustine, Rousseau, Saint Teresa, and Cardinal Newman.

Considering Spanish autobiography in the context of first-person narrative in Europe and in the terms of current debates on the relationship between writing and selfhood, Apology to Apostrophe marks a significant advance in our historical understanding and critical discussion of the genre. The book will be of great value not only to Hispanists but also to those interested in autobiography and cultural history.

Book News Annotation:

A thoughtful meditation on the nature of autobiographical writing, offering new critical approaches to long neglected, or unknown, works such as the Life of Joseph Blanco White. The primary focus is 19th- century Spain, but Fernandez touches on the likes of Saint Augustine Saint Teresa and Rousseau. A revised doctoral dissertation; contains some material previously published in Spanish.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"The subject of Spanish autobiography is still in need of extensive research. Fernandez contributes significantly to this enterprise with his intelligent, well-informed, and insightful study of the genre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There is no other book that covers this important material and, given the difficulty and the vastness of the topic, there probably will not be another similar book in the future. It will be immensely useful to anyone interested in autobiography. . . . " Apology to Apostrophe" is a text that will keep underliners busy."--Randolph D. Pope, Washington University in St. Louis

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [161]-177) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822312543
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Location:
Durham :
Author:
Fernandez, James D.
Subject:
Spain
Subject:
European - Spanish & Portuguese
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Self in literature
Subject:
Biography as a literary form
Subject:
Spain Biography History and criticism.
Subject:
Spanish & Portuguese
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
CP (EP) WNR90-91-6
Publication Date:
19920831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9.16x6.16x.74 in. .95 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Literary History » Spain

Apology to Apostrophe: Autobiography and the Rhetoric of Self-Representation in Spain
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Product details 184 pages Duke University Press - English 9780822312543 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "The subject of Spanish autobiography is still in need of extensive research. Fernandez contributes significantly to this enterprise with his intelligent, well-informed, and insightful study of the genre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There is no other book that covers this important material and, given the difficulty and the vastness of the topic, there probably will not be another similar book in the future. It will be immensely useful to anyone interested in autobiography. . . . " Apology to Apostrophe" is a text that will keep underliners busy."--Randolph D. Pope, Washington University in St. Louis
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