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Under Scrutiny: Blueprints for Self-Writing

Under Scrutiny: Blueprints for Self-Writing These two books are collections of articles by Philippe Lejeune, who started his scholarly career with L’autobiographie en France () and is internationally known for the groundbreaking theoretical work Le pacte autobiographique (). Each book follows a different path while expanding the field of the current work on autobiographical writing and indicating directions for future research. Whereas Les brouillons de soi [Drafts of self ] investigates how autobiographical writing ramifies when the text does not offer the definitive version (of the self or of the text), Pour l’autobiographie [In defense of autobiography] is a veritable manifesto. Surprisingly to anglophone readers, autobiographical practices are still under siege as they were half a century ago, accused of verging on the pathological, of lacking the necessary requirements to be considered as art. Autobiography is a resisting genre, a site of resistance, even if it is gradually being accepted. Lejeune surveys and assesses his own research, from the mixed import of structuralism and existentialism to Paul Ricœur’s impact. He finally concentrates on the diary, the last genre to remain unwanted in the canon of belles lettres, the final bastion. From the backstage of autobiographical practice, Drafts of Self examines the distance between http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
Copyright
Copyright 2001 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics, Tel Aviv University
ISSN
0333-5372
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1527-5507
DOI
10.1215/03335372-22-3-697
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Abstract

These two books are collections of articles by Philippe Lejeune, who started his scholarly career with L’autobiographie en France () and is internationally known for the groundbreaking theoretical work Le pacte autobiographique (). Each book follows a different path while expanding the field of the current work on autobiographical writing and indicating directions for future research. Whereas Les brouillons de soi [Drafts of self ] investigates how autobiographical writing ramifies when the text does not offer the definitive version (of the self or of the text), Pour l’autobiographie [In defense of autobiography] is a veritable manifesto. Surprisingly to anglophone readers, autobiographical practices are still under siege as they were half a century ago, accused of verging on the pathological, of lacking the necessary requirements to be considered as art. Autobiography is a resisting genre, a site of resistance, even if it is gradually being accepted. Lejeune surveys and assesses his own research, from the mixed import of structuralism and existentialism to Paul Ricœur’s impact. He finally concentrates on the diary, the last genre to remain unwanted in the canon of belles lettres, the final bastion. From the backstage of autobiographical practice, Drafts of Self examines the distance between

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Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and CommunicationDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2001

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