American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative: Mailer, Wideman, Eggers

Hardcover | June 19, 2012

byJonathan D'Amore

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American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative explores the contorted and often conflicted relationship writers have with their images and reputations as authors, particularly when they choose to write about themselves and their personal lives. By analyzing the autobiographical nonfiction of Norman Mailer, John Edgar Wideman, and Dave Eggers in light of theories of authorship, autobiography, and celebrity, this book considers the art of literary self-representation practiced under the forces of publishing's business imperatives and mass culture's insatiable appetite for personal stories about public figures. Contributing to ongoing conversations about the explosion of popular and critical interest in life narrative as well as those about relation of an author to his text, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of contemporary American literature, life writing studies, and authorship and publishing history, as well as the many serious and dedicated readers of Eggers, Wideman, and Mailer.

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American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative explores the contorted and often conflicted relationship writers have with their images and reputations as authors, particularly when they choose to write about themselves and their personal lives. By analyzing the autobiographical nonfiction of Norman Mailer, John Edgar Wideman, and D...

Jonathan D'Amore is a lecturer in the Department of English at St. Michael's College where he teaches courses in writing, life narratives, and American literature.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.93 × 5.61 × 0.7 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230390676

ISBN - 13:9780230390676

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Table of Contents

Chaucer's Feminine Subjects: Feminism, Deconstruction, PsychoanalysisFigures of Desire in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and TaleThe Rhetoric of Desire in The Franklin's TaleThe Martyr's Purpose: The Rhetoric of Disavowal in The Clerk's TaleChaucer's Wolf: Exemplary Violence in The Physician's TaleAfterword

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'American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative makes an important and timely contribution to criticism through a careful, well-informed exploration of the relationships between authorship and celebrity in the contemporary United States. D'Amore offers shrewd analyses of the contested intersections of privacy and publicity inherent in the life writing of Norman Mailer, John Wideman, and Dave Eggers and in their ascension to iconic status in the literary world.' - William L. Andrews, E. Maynard Adams Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill