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Ecritures de soi: secrets et reticences (review)

Ecritures de soi: secrets et reticences (review) 06-reviews 6/4/03 11:05 AM Page 306 306 Biography 26.2 (Spring 2003) yield a sufficiently compelling account of the individual as a bearer of rights, and of the autobiographical consciousness as the deep, individuated, and cre- atively agential thing it often is. For those already committed to anti-humanist postmodernism, Reading Autobiography will seem like pedagogic manna from heaven. Recommending follow-up reading will be largely a matter of elaborating on Smith and Wat- son’s position. Life-writing teachers who don’t endorse this position might want to supplement the book with some readings that put contrastive views on the table. But what they won’t be able to do is ignore the book. It’s too good, and too important, for that. Richard Freadman Bertrand Degott and Marie Miguet-Ollagnier, eds. Écriture de soi: secrets et réticences. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2001. 376 pp. ISBN 2-7475-2389-6, $30.00. For scholars whose interests lie in the field of autobiography, Écriture de soi: secrets et réticences constitutes an invaluable collection of critical reflections on nineteenth- and twentieth-century works in French. This publication contains twenty-two papers from an international colloquium held in Besan- çon in November 2000, as well as a conclusion by Philippe Lejeune, a pro- lific critic of autobiography who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Ecritures de soi: secrets et reticences (review)

Biography , Volume 26 (2) – Jul 8, 2003

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2003 Biographical Research Center.
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06-reviews 6/4/03 11:05 AM Page 306 306 Biography 26.2 (Spring 2003) yield a sufficiently compelling account of the individual as a bearer of rights, and of the autobiographical consciousness as the deep, individuated, and cre- atively agential thing it often is. For those already committed to anti-humanist postmodernism, Reading Autobiography will seem like pedagogic manna from heaven. Recommending follow-up reading will be largely a matter of elaborating on Smith and Wat- son’s position. Life-writing teachers who don’t endorse this position might want to supplement the book with some readings that put contrastive views on the table. But what they won’t be able to do is ignore the book. It’s too good, and too important, for that. Richard Freadman Bertrand Degott and Marie Miguet-Ollagnier, eds. Écriture de soi: secrets et réticences. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2001. 376 pp. ISBN 2-7475-2389-6, $30.00. For scholars whose interests lie in the field of autobiography, Écriture de soi: secrets et réticences constitutes an invaluable collection of critical reflections on nineteenth- and twentieth-century works in French. This publication contains twenty-two papers from an international colloquium held in Besan- çon in November 2000, as well as a conclusion by Philippe Lejeune, a pro- lific critic of autobiography who

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