115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Autobiography I

Session Chair: 
Windy C. Petrie, Azusa Pacific University
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Education (Brogan) 101
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  1. Michaela Hulstyn, Reed College
    This paper takes a comparative approach in order to identify the ways in which personhood is established – either negatively (by inference and suggestion) or positively (by propositional content) – in Djebar and Robbe-Grillet's experimental autobiographies. 
  2. Macarena Tejada-Lopez, University of Oregon
    This paper explores the diverse rhetorical preferences used by the Spanish divisioners who fought in WWII to recount their experiences. By using the autobiographical theories of Lejeune and Hellbeck, I analyze how these preferences (diary, memoir, novel) serve the writer and how these writers adapt or challenge the pre-existing characteristic of the genre.
  3. Ryan Lambert, The Community College of Denver
    This presentation centers on two autobiographical novels: Marguerite Duras’s The Lover (1984) and Edouard Louis’s The End of Eddy (2017). I ask, “Why do these writers market their texts as novels and not memoirs?” I suggest that genre—that of the autobiographical novel—works to turn shame into something more productive, a means to participate in the construction of one’s own subjectivity.  
  4. Linda Middleton, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    Kristeva’s theories of the semiotic are used to show how Janet Frame’s autobiographical Faces in the Water (1961) and An Angel at My Table (1987) mutually inform each other, disclosing Frame’s rediscovery of the semiotic her misdiagnosed madness made her distrust, a rediscovery she demonstrated by writing Faces upon her deinstitutionalization.
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