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The autobiographical triangle : witness, confession, challenge

Author: Małgorzata Czermińska; Jean Ward
Publisher: Berlin : Peter Lang, 2019.
Series: Cross-roads (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), 14.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book presents a universal theory of autobiography which has a ""triangular"" model. Three stances: witness, confession and challenge to the reader, are always present, though usually one is dominant. Polish autobiographical writing is seen in relation to European autobiographies and against the background of history.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Czermińska, Małgorzata.
Autobiographical triangle.
Berlin : Peter Lang, 2019
(OCoLC)1100595341
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Małgorzata Czermińska; Jean Ward
ISBN: 9783631708606 3631708602 9783653068351 3653068355
OCLC Number: 1105199676
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Copyright information; Translator's Foreword; Contents; Introduction; Part One Three Autobiographical Stances; 1. The Field of Non-Fiction Prose; Literature of Fact; Literature of Personal Document; The Essay; 2. The Autobiographical Triangle: Witness, Confession, Challenge; The Rhetorical Sources of the Three Stances; Interchangeability of Autobiographical Stances; Gombrowicz Throws Down the Gauntlet; Then Who Is the Addressee of the Diary's Challenge?; Diaries after Gombrowicz; Part Two Confessions, Confidences, Dreams 1. The Spiritual Autobiography in Twentieth-Century Polish Literature 1The Mystical Autobiography; The Spiritual Autobiography; Protestant and Catholic Traditions Meet: John Henry Newman; The Memoir; The Library; Conclusion; 2. Intertextual Connections in the Spiritual Autobiography; Four Types of Intertextual Allusion; A Case of a Dense Network of Allusions; Part Three Witness Inscribed in Place; 1. Autobiographical Places and the Topographic Imagination:; Individual Places of Memory; The Topographic Imagination; Types of Autobiographical Place 2. Home in the Autobiography and the Novel about ChildhoodInside the House; The Garden of Childhood; The Land of Childhood; Arriving --
Homecoming; The Death Knell for the Home of Childhood; 3. Larders of Memory:; Idyll and Tragedy: the Memory of the Borderlands; A Hint of the Grotesque and the Invasion of History; An Attempt At Epic Distance: Towards a Deconstruction of the Myth; 4. The Centre and the Borderland Periphery in the Prose of Writers Born after World War II; Polish Writers Whose Home Is the City of G ü nter Grass; Describing Childhood after Yalta The Disturbance of the Borderlands Reaches the Centre5. Space Disturbed:; The End and the Beginning; Written Now, Written Then; Time and Space after Yalta; From East to West and to Other Corners of the Earth; Encounters with Foreignness; Jews Who Survived; Disturbances in the Centre; Part Four Testimonies Inscribed in Historical Time: Challenges; 1. "Speaking a Memoir": Janusz Korczak's Autobiographical Stance; The Role of the Personal in Korczak's Writing; The Veiling/Unveiling of Personal Experience in the Stories; A Network of Four Oppositions; Autobiography Read Through Obituary 2. How to Write about the Sins of One's Youth or a Year with Konwicki, a Year with Mi ł oszThe Long Shadow of Stalinism; A Public Confession in a Private Diary?; A Diary of One Year as a Closed Form; Flaw, Shame, Reckoning; 3. The Provocative Testimony of Leopold Tyrmand; Tyrmand's Triumphal Return In Diary 1954; The Great Debate on the Authenticity of Diary 1954; Part Five On the Fringes of the Autobiographical Triangle: An Epilogue in Three Parts; 1. The Letter and the Novel; The Letter and the Epistolary Novel; The Reader of a Collection of Correspondence
Series Title: Cross-roads (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), 14.
Responsibility: Małgorzata Czermińska ; critical revised edition and translation by Jean Ward.

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The book presents a universal theory of autobiography which has a ""triangular"" model. Three stances: witness, confession and challenge to the reader, are always present, though usually one is dominant. Polish autobiographical writing is seen in relation to European autobiographies and against the background of history.

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