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Autofiction: The Forgotten Face of French Theory
Autofiction: The Forgotten Face of French Theory

Author(s): Hywel Dix
Subject(s): Philosophy, Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Universitatea Petrol-Gaze din Ploieşti
Keywords: autofiction; Doubrovsky; authorship; participatory culture; audience research; memorials; commemorative events; heritage industry; life writing;intertextuality;

Summary/Abstract: This essay argues that, compared to other components of French critical theory (structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, feminism and intertextuality), autofiction has been less influential both in its ‘home’ country and in the English-speaking world. This relative neglect is ironic because, as the article shows, those different areas of theoretical inquiry each helped pave the way for the development of ideas about autofiction, but simultaneously eclipsed them so that for decades autofiction remained under-conceptualized and under-researched. Having identified and critiqued a number of reasons for this belatedness, the essay then identifies two recent contexts that are more auspicious for the evolution of theories of autofiction. Specifically, it argues that developments in the concept of participatory culture (including audience research) on the one hand and the proliferation of various forms of historical and/or cultural memorials, commemorative events and public anniversaries on the other both provide meaningful contexts in which theories of autofiction have recently started to reach their full potential.

  • Issue Year: VII/2017
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 69-85
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English