French Autobiography: Devices and Desires: Rousseau to Perec by Michael SheringhamFrench Autobiography: Devices and Desires: Rousseau to Perec by Michael Sheringham

French Autobiography: Devices and Desires: Rousseau to Perec

byMichael Sheringham

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

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This is the first full-scale study of French autobiography. Whereas earlier critics have engaged primarily in theoretical discussion of the genre, or in analyses of individual works or authors, Michael Sheringham identifies sixteen key autobiographical texts and situates them in the context ofan evolving set of challenges and problems.Informed by a sophisticated awareness of recent theoretical debates, Sheringham conceives autobiography as a distinctively open form of writing, perpetually engaged with different forms of `otherness'. Manifestations of the Other in the autobiographical process - from the reader, who incarnatesother people, to ideology, against which individual truth must be pitted, to the potential otherness of memory itself - are traced through a scrutiny of the `devices and desires' at work in a range of texts from Rousseau's Confessions, to Stendhal's Vie de Henry Brulard and Sartre's Les Mots. Otherwriters examined include Chateaubriand, Gide, Green, Leiris, Leduc, Gorz, Barthes, Perec, and Sarraute.French Autobiography: Devices and Desires represents both the first attempt to assemble a canon in one volume and a strikingly original contribution to the theory of autobiography.
Michael Sheringham is at University of Kent at Canterbury.
Title:French Autobiography: Devices and Desires: Rousseau to PerecFormat:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198158432

ISBN - 13:9780198158431


Editorial Reviews

the persistent reader will be richly rewarded...The book has something to offer all scholars interested in autobiography as well as lucid critical analyses of individual texts...His work confirms what we already knew: that the French autobiographical tradition is extraordinarily rich.