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Experimentation And The Autobiographical Search For Identity In The Projects Of Michel Leiris And Hubert Fichte
by Thomas Wilks
The Edwin Mellen Press
ISBN10: 0-7734-5602-3 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5602-0 Pages: 356 Year: 2006 £74.95 (list price; discount available)*
This study compares the substantial literary projects of Michel Leiris and Hubert Fichte, and it examines how they overstep theoretical prescriptions in their explorations of the self. The author concentrates predominantly on those components of these multi-volume projects that he argues are autobiographically motivated, although he establishes that these texts are not straightforwardly representative of this mode. Throughout the book, the author contends that for Leiris and Fichte alike, life and writing become mutually defining over the protracted progressions of their self-scrutiny.
“ ... the first to look in detail at these two authors together, Dr. Wilks succeeds in not only bringing new insights to the reading of Leiris and Fichte but in adding significantly to our understanding of the nature and uses of autobiography ...” – Professor Michael Sheringham, University of Oxford
Table of Contents
Preface by Robert Vilain
Part I – Positioning Leiris’s and Fichte’s Work
2. Approaching the Autobiographical Path and Overstepping its Boundaries
Part II – Characteristics of Individuality
3. The Language of Leiris’s Development
4. Fichte: Stage Acting, Staged Writing
Part III – Reading Beyond Autobiography
5. Fichte’s ‘Empfindlichkeit’: Directing our Reading
6. Intertextualities: Firmly in the Plural
7. Glosses: Their Forms and Functions
8. Conclusion: The Enforcement of Ending
About the author:
Dr. Thomas Wilks, presently an independent scholar, formerly was Lektor in the Department of English at the University of Würzburg. He received his Ph.D. in French and German from Royal Holloway, University of London. He pursues research interests in post-1945 European literature, especially French and German, with particular attention to the autobiographical and to manifestations of ‘in-betweenness’ in form and content.
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