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Title: True Tales that Nurture: Auto/Biographical Storytelling
Contributor(s): Brien, Donna Lee (author)
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: Although current usage suggests that the terms 'memoir' and 'autobiography' are interchangeable - and as literary forms they have much in common - there are also significant differences between these two forms of life writing. This essay examines autobiography and memoir in terms of their literary heritages and narrative forms, as well as the variations of authorial intention and their reception by their readers. The popular and critical attention which these genres have received in recent decades will also be contextualised within a discussion of the current fascination with lurid, public revelation of auto/biographical detail and of the potential of personal life narratives to function as creators of more general and universal historical meaning for readers." In a world where nothing is certain ... and even the objectivity of science is qualified by relativity and uncertainty, the single human voice, telling its own story, can seem the only authentic way of rendering consciousness." --David Lodge
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Folklore, v.19, p. 84-95
Publisher: Australian Folklore Association
Place of Publication: University of New England, Australia
ISSN: 0819-0852
Field of Research (FOR): 210304 Biography
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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