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, DavidORCID iD for McCooey, David orcid.org/0000-0001-8122-4863
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
Copyright notice ©2006 ABR
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