By Gunnthórunn Gudmundsdóttir
Borderlines. Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern lifestyles Writing locates and investigates the borderlines among autobiography and fiction in several types of life-writing relationship from the final thirty years. This quantity bargains a precious comparative method of texts via French, English, American, and German authors to demonstrate the various different types of experimentation with the borders among genres and literary modes. Gudmundsdottir tackles vital modern issues equivalent to autobiography's courting to postmodernism by means of investigating issues reminiscent of reminiscence and crossing cultural divides, using photos in autobiography and the position of narrative in life-writing. This paintings is of curiosity to scholars and students of comparative literature, postmodernism and modern life-writing
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W ou le souvenir d'enfance, p. 59)16 To remember can be a call to write; an impetus to erect some kind of monument to the memory or the event, but also to call on others to remember, to raise a monument to the remembering process itself. It is to make concrete the peculiar presence of the past, and the importance of memory. As Michael Sheringham observes: the inevitable failure of [Perec's] attempt to write about [his memories] is itself a memento mori, a repetition of absence and annihilation.
But you try, anyway. In the three memoir books I wrote, I tried very hard for the truth. I did try, but here I don't know much of what really happened and never tried to find out. In addition to the ordinary deceptions that you and others make in your life, time itself makes time fuzzy and meshes truth with half truth. But I can't seem to say it right. I am paying the penalty, I think, of a childish belief in absolutes, perhaps an equally childish rejection of them all. I guess I want to say how inattentive I was - most of us, I guess - the whole damned stew [.
It is so strongly linked with his memories of his own past that sometimes he cannot tell the two apart: 41 42 Don DeLillo, Underworld (London: Picador, 1998), p. 512. Halbwachs, op. , p. 38. 46 Borderlines Longtemps j'ai cru que c'était le 7 mars 1936 qu'Hitler était entré en Pologne. Je me trompais, de date ou de pays, mais au fond ça n'avait pas une grande importance. Hitler était déjà au pouvoir et les camps fonctionnaient très bien [. ] Ce qui était sûr, c'est qu'avait déjà commencé une histoire qui, pour moi et tous les miens, allait bientôt devenir vitale, c'est-à-dire, le plus souvent, mortelle.
Borderlines : autobiography and fiction in postmodern life writing by Gunnthórunn Gudmundsdóttir