Going public : a decade of Australian autobiography

McCooey, David 2006, Going public : a decade of Australian autobiography, Australian book review, no. 281, pp. 25-31.

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Title Going public : a decade of Australian autobiography
Author(s) McCooey, David
Journal name Australian book review
Issue number 281
Start page 25
End page 31
Publisher P. Isaacson Publications
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006-04
ISSN 0155-2864
Summary Autobiography is based on a paradox. It is a generic representation of identity, but identity and genre appear to be antithetical. If we conventionally think of our identity as unique (singular, autonomous and self-made), how then can the presentation of that identity be generic? How, when narrating our lives, can we be both singular and understandable? Does narrating a life presuppose a way of writing (that is, a genre) that will make it recognisable as a story of a life? And how individual can we be, given that we are social animals? We live in families, form attachments and belong to institutions. How much is identity a case of identifying with others?

Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2006 ABR
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004020

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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