By Gunnthórunn Gudmundsdóttir
Borderlines. Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern existence Writing locates and investigates the borderlines among autobiography and fiction in several types of life-writing courting from the final thirty years. This quantity deals a precious comparative method of texts by means of French, English, American, and German authors to demonstrate different varieties of experimentation with the borders among genres and literary modes. Gudmundsdottir tackles vital modern issues resembling autobiography's dating to postmodernism by means of investigating topics comparable to reminiscence and crossing cultural divides, using pictures in autobiography and the position of narrative in life-writing. This paintings is of curiosity to scholars and students of comparative literature, postmodernism and modern life-writing
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So much of what you had counted on as a solid wall of convictions now seems on bad nights, or in sickness, or just weakness, no longer made of much that can be leaned against. It is then that one can barely place oneself in time. 25 The 'unknown fabric' Hellman mentions we might call forgetting, and here forgetting the past is countered with the fear that there might be nothing to remember. Hence the title Maybe. Hellman emphasises an important point in this segment, that of being lost in time, a feeling that forgetting the past seems to generate.
The light behind' her and the difficulty in getting it to illuminate properly past events is one of the themes of Hellman's autobiographical works. The comments she adds are small additions to the text and do not give completely different versions of events, as is the case in Perec's text. Her questioning of the past is an integral part of the text from the start. She doubts if she remembers things correctly, she questions her analysis of events at the time and gives a different perspective as she writes.
David Bellos in Review of Contemporary Fiction 13 (Spring 1993) 21-22, (p. 22). ' p. 54. Memory and the Autobiographical Process 25 Moments of interpretation and analysis of the past are strongly linked in these texts to almost overwhelming memories. These points of luminosity, these powerful memory experiences seem to invite the authors to write on them, to attempt to make sense of them. They are like sparks of creativity that open up new ways into the past. Writing and memory here become so closely linked that it is difficult to tell the two apart.
Borderlines : autobiography and fiction in postmodern life writing by Gunnthórunn Gudmundsdóttir