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Aesthetic autobiography : from life to art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Anaïs Nin

Author: Suzanne Nalbantian
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Aesthetic Autobiography is a pathbreaking study in comparative literature which gets to the heart of what is literary at a time when the classic distinctions between literature and other forms of writing are under attack. Suzanne Nalbantian provides a precise and highly original basis to identify literary art with her novel approach to autobiography. Selectively reviewing both the history of autobiography proper  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Nalbantian, Suzanne, 1950-
Aesthetic autobiography.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994
(OCoLC)742459076
Named Person: Virginia Woolf; Marcel Proust; James Joyce; Anaïs Nin; James Joyce; Anaïs Nin; Marcel Proust; Virginia Woolf; James Joyce; Anaïs Nin; Marcel Proust; Virginia Woolf
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Nalbantian
ISBN: 0312121709 9780312121709
OCLC Number: 30029812
Description: xi, 223 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Historical paradigms --
Theories of autobiography --
A theory of aesthetic autobiography --
The art of misrepresentation in Marcel Proust --
The stylised quotidian in James Joyce --
Distancing and displacement in Virginia Woolf --
The mythification of selfhood in Anaïs Nin.
Responsibility: Suzanne Nalbantian.

Abstract:

"Aesthetic Autobiography is a pathbreaking study in comparative literature which gets to the heart of what is literary at a time when the classic distinctions between literature and other forms of writing are under attack. Suzanne Nalbantian provides a precise and highly original basis to identify literary art with her novel approach to autobiography. Selectively reviewing both the history of autobiography proper and the critical studies to date, she positions her subject in a new area of aesthetics by demonstrating the transmutation of life fact into fiction in the modern autobiographical novel."--BOOK JACKET. "Re-examining key writers of the early twentieth-century - Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, with Anais Nin in their wake - Nalbantian discerns models of a hybrid genre characterized by a common aesthetics. She discovers in these writings a threshold of artistic transformation beyond the identification of biographical authenticity."--BOOK JACKET. "Juxtaposing the fiction of these novelists with the standard biographies of them, Nalbantian finds a heightened reference with respect to self, place, and object. She shows how these authors, who focus on their own experiences with unusual intensity, transform their authentic life material into the artificial by aesthetic detachment and distancing. Such artistic processes include the distortion of time and chronology, the dislocation of place, the splitting of the 'I' into multiple personae, the conflation of persons and places, substitution, the aggrandizement of characteristics, and the symbolization of obsession."--BOOK JACKET. "The book sheds new light on the creative process of fictionalization."--BOOK JACKET.

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