Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction

November 1, 2020
Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction

Autobiographical writings have been a major cultural genre fromantiquity to the present time.General questions of the literary as, e.g., the relation betweenliterature and reality, truth and fiction, the dependency ofauthor, narrator, and figure, or issues of individual and culturalstyles etc., can be studied preeminently in the autobiographicalgenre. Yet, the tradition of life-writing has, in the course ofliterary history, developed manifold types and forms. Especially inthe globalized age, where the media and other technological /cultural factors contribute to a rapid transformation oflifestyles, autobiographical writing has maintained, even enhanced,its popularity and importance. By conceiving autobiography in awide sense that includes memoirs, diaries, self-portraits andautofiction as well as media transformations of the genre, thisthree-volume handbook offers a comprehensive survey of theoreticalapproaches, systematic aspects, and historical developments in aninternational and interdisciplinary perspective.While autobiography is usually considered to be a Europeantradition, special emphasis is placed on the modes ofself-representation in non-Western cultures and on inter- andtranscultural perspectives of the genre. The individualcontributions are closely interconnected by a system ofcross-references. The handbook addresses scholars of cultural andliterary studies, students as well as non-academic readers.