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Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections (review)

Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections (review) 06-reviews 6/4/03 11:05 AM Page 312 312 Biography 26.2 (Spring 2003) are consistent and thorough. The publication could benefit from an index that would facilitate locating various recurrent themes. Otherwise, it is a nicely presented collection of essays that seems to anticipate and answer in advance the closing cries of Lejeune. If, as Lejeune asserts, the ability to say “I” is not equally shared throughout the world, if “notre petit bout d’Europe ” is indeed an exception, then I would argue that the various forms of “reti- cence” explored in this publication do not constitute a “prudish” refusal to speak of the self, but rather a desire to explore the multiple ways to write (of) the self. It seems clear that the myriad writers in this study have not given up on the possibility to tell the truth about themselves, but that they are active- ly seeking to render the truth of their selves in unprecedented ways that are at once inventive, authentic, and original. Lejeune’s lamentations may already be answered in the pages of this book, only in different terms. Alison Rice Roger J. Porter. Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflec- tions. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2002. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections (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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0162-4962
eISSN
1529-1456

Abstract

06-reviews 6/4/03 11:05 AM Page 312 312 Biography 26.2 (Spring 2003) are consistent and thorough. The publication could benefit from an index that would facilitate locating various recurrent themes. Otherwise, it is a nicely presented collection of essays that seems to anticipate and answer in advance the closing cries of Lejeune. If, as Lejeune asserts, the ability to say “I” is not equally shared throughout the world, if “notre petit bout d’Europe ” is indeed an exception, then I would argue that the various forms of “reti- cence” explored in this publication do not constitute a “prudish” refusal to speak of the self, but rather a desire to explore the multiple ways to write (of) the self. It seems clear that the myriad writers in this study have not given up on the possibility to tell the truth about themselves, but that they are active- ly seeking to render the truth of their selves in unprecedented ways that are at once inventive, authentic, and original. Lejeune’s lamentations may already be answered in the pages of this book, only in different terms. Alison Rice Roger J. Porter. Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflec- tions. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2002.

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 8, 2003

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