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Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography

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Publisher Comments:

Artful Histories is an original account of modern Australian autobiography that radically revises current theories of autobiography and discusses a remarkably broad range of popular and literary texts written over the last three decades. In his challenge to post-structuralist theories of autobiography, particularly in terms of autobiography's relationship with fiction and history, David McCooey analyses the nature of the self, the question of intent and the role of narrative. He discusses the ways in which the autobiographer makes sense of his or her life through a developing but continuous awareness of the narrative quality of experience. The book explores themes around the mythology of childhood, education, sexuality, the discovery of hidden histories, the trauma of displacement and death and, finally, the importance of place in the Australian imagination.

Synopsis:

An important contribution to our understanding of autobiography, its history and the Australian experience.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Autobiography and history; 2. Beginnings: histories and families; 3. Beginnings and myth; 4. Parents, crisis and education; 5. The hidden past and personal history; 6. Autobiographies of displacement; 7. The individual and place; 8. Fiction and autobiography; Conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521561013
Subtitle:
Modern Australian Autobiography
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
McCooey, David
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Theory
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19960101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
eng
Pages:
245

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