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MSA 18: Life/Writing: Biography, Autobiography, Diary

Life/Writing: Biography, Autobiography, Diary

Seeking two papers, one on biography, and one on autobiography (and/or memoir), to join a third on diary. This panel would aim to bring into dialogue emerging perspectives on the nature and status of these three genres of life writing in the modernist era. While recognizing the instability of generic boundaries, and the many hybrid forms of modernist life writing, the panel would seek to examine relatively distinct instances of biography, autobiography, and diary in order to elucidate how the different generic frameworks may shape writers’ approaches to issues such as the following:

- conceptions of self and/or character
- shifting boundaries of private and public life
- obscurity, celebrity, scandal
- exposure, gossip, confession
- everyday life and hierarchies of narrative significance
- the auto/biographical “contract”: implicit and explicit claims to truth or factuality
- “reality hunger”: the attraction and marketability of “true” stories
- memory, history, preservation

Proposals of 250-300 words and brief bio to e.ophir@usask.ca by April 1.
(This is not a guaranteed session.)


Conference Location: Pasadena, USA
Conference Starts: November 17, 2016
Conference Ends: November 20, 2016

CFP Submission Deadline: April 01, 2016

For more information, contact: Ella Ophir

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