By Gunnthórunn Gudmundsdóttir
Borderlines. Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern lifestyles Writing locates and investigates the borderlines among autobiography and fiction in different types of life-writing relationship from the final thirty years. This quantity bargains a priceless comparative method of texts by way of French, English, American, and German authors to demonstrate the various different types of experimentation with the borders among genres and literary modes. Gudmundsdottir tackles very important modern matters akin to autobiography's courting to postmodernism through investigating issues similar to reminiscence and crossing cultural divides, using photos in autobiography and the function 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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Le parachute s'ouvrit. La corolle se déploya, fragile et sûr suspens avant la chute maîtrisée. (W ou le souvenir d'enfance, p. 77)38 It is as if Perec believes his past to be lost, 'tous les fils furent rompus', and only much later he realises the 'fragile et sûr suspens' that the past offers in spite of the loss he suffered. '39 The past undergoes 38 'A triple theme runs through this memory: parachute, sling, truss: it suggests suspension, support, almost artificial limbs. To be, I need a prop.
It also has to an extent replaced his own memories. Here the public and the private spheres have become one. At the start of the first chapter of his childhood memories he claims he did not have any childhood memories, that History with a capital H had answered all his questions. When events of this magnitude take place the private is completely invaded by the public, and there does not seem to be any room for private reminiscence. The reader is immediately made aware of this relationship and the consequences for Perec's memory.
P. 69. Memory and the Autobiographical Process 35 in his study of memory makes an interesting point when, discussing aphasia, he claims that: 'In less severe cases of aphasia the patients, because they cannot tell of their past owing to their lack of words [. '27 In this sphere of forgetting, then, where there is only 'now', writing is almost impossible. But, although forgetting can therefore be seen as anathema to autobiography, it is often a fertile ground, even a starting point for autobiographical writing.
Borderlines : autobiography and fiction in postmodern life writing by Gunnthórunn Gudmundsdóttir