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Journal Cover European Journal of Life Writing
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   ISSN (Print) 2211-243X
   Published by VU e-Publishing Homepage  [3 journals]
  • Fans of the Archive: Reading Fan Letters in Richmal Crompton's

    • Authors: Jane McVeigh
      Pages: 1 - 2
      Abstract: Richmal Crompton was a British twentieth-century writer of popular children’s stories. This seven minute film is about her fans, past and present, and is based in her archive at the University of Roehampton. It was made in collaboration with Archives and Special Collections and Media Services at the University of Roehampton, as well as members of the Just William Society and Richmal Crompton’s family.
      PubDate: 2016-03-24
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2016)
  • Small Talk

    • Authors: Marjorie Kanter
      Pages: 1 - 35
      Abstract: Words matter.  Actions matter.  The same word, the same action can sometimes mean something quite similar to author and reader, yet at other times something very different from writer to reader and reader to reader, and yet still carry meaningful meaning.   At the outset, I write for myself, to help let go of, enjoy, work through, understand, save a thought, an experience, a gesture, an encounter... When I decide to share my writing formally, it is because I feel I have reached a corpus that will be meaningful to others, that it can stand alone without me.  Most of my writing is a reflection of real experience, either a short interact between several people or a reflection on life in feelings or thoughts. 
      This piece was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on July 10th 2015, and published on February 21st 2016.

      PubDate: 2016-02-20
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2016)
  • The Stranger in the Self. Hofmannsthal’s Relationship to Jewishness

    • Pages: 1 - 12
      Abstract: This articles examines Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s changing view on his own Jewish origins from a biographical perspective. In his youth Hofmannsthal not only repeatedly expressed sympathy for the Jews and their plights but also antipathy towards Roman Catholicism. However, the poet’s views got increasingly skeptical towards his great grandfather’s religion from the mid-1890s onwards. This shift of opinion needs to be seen in the context of continued migration of ethnic groups within the multi-ethnic Habsburg empire, especially of Jews and Slavs from Galicia, who were perceived as a threat by large parts of the rest of the population. With recourse to Michel Foucault (Of Other Spaces) Hofmannsthal’s increasing identification with the Catholic culture of the Habsburg monarchy and the suppression of his Jewish heritage can be interpreted as a dialectical process of appropriation and resistance. This article discusses the question, if the poet’s creative biographical engagement with prominent figures of the Habsburg monarchy such as Prince Eugen and Empress Maria Theresa became a surrogate for Hofmannsthal’s own troubled and therefore unwritten history. This article was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on March 6th 2015, and published on Febreuary 21st 2016. 
      PubDate: 2016-02-20
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2016)
  • A Demythologized Auto/Biography: Beginnings and Evolution of Metabiography
           in Feminine Postmodern Fiction

    • Authors: Souhir Zekri
      Pages: 13 - 35
      Abstract: The postmodern features of English fiction like fragmentation and metafictionality seem to find an equivalent in life writing and metabiography. Such instances of metabiography either expose the protagonist in the process of writing a biography or memoir, and/or include extracts of life writings which are textually incorporated in their original format. The aim of this paper is first to explore the structural characteristics of metabiography and its evolution from a theme to a structure/form, through Henry James’s The Aspern Papers (1888), A.S. Byatt’s The Biographer’s Tale (2000) and Marina Warner’s fiction. As Richard Holmes explains, “the boundaries between fact and fiction have become controversial and perilous” (16), boundaries which are crossed by Warner and Byatt, both postmodern female novelists who rely on the plurality of voices and textual collage instead of the conventional omniscient narrator and the linear narrative represented by James. Second, the focus will be on the strategies combining the aesthetic with the ethical, or “the political desire to write the histories of the marginalised, the forgotten, the unrecorded” (Byatt On Histories 10-11) through metabiographical autobiographies and diaries in Warner’s Indigo and The Lost Father. The life writing themes treated in these novels are also studied in relation to the modernist and postmodernist views of reality, history and representation which they reflect. This article was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on April 27th 2016, and published on February 21st 2016.   
      PubDate: 2016-02-20
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2016)
  • Beyond the Subject – towards the Object? Nancy K. Miller’s
           What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past (2011) and the Materiality of
           Life Writing

    • Authors: Anne Rueggemeier
      Pages: 36 - 54
      Abstract: In contrast to a long scholarly tradition that “separated subject from object, mind from matter” (Hodder 2012, p. 15), current writers of autobiography do no longer ignore the fact that “the content of our so-called inner lives comes heavily freighted with material from outer sources” (Eakin 2009, p. 102). The focus on things runs counter to internal and essential concepts of selfhood as they are rooted in Western thinking and rather make visible the material world, the body and the environment as formative factors of selfhood. It thereby contrasts the Cartesian concept of self founded on thought and reflection with a concept of self based on materiality. Drawing on Nancy K. Miller’s autobiography What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past (2011) this paper will demonstrate that autobiographical objects foster a relational concept of self that is situated in the in-betweenness of subject and object, ego and autre as well as between the biographical and the autobiographical. Thus, the integration of objects highlights the fact that existence is not an individual affair, but that an autobiographical self emerges through and as part of his/her entangledness. Connected to this is the observation that objects function as a form of resistance against the processes of mind based epistemology and make a plea for “situated knowledges” (Haraway 1988).Finally, the essay takes a glimpse at some contemporary autobiographies from Britain, Sweden and Germany to illustrate that object-based life writing and the specific epistemology connected to it are worthy of further investigation. This article was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on May 6th 2015 and published on March 5th 2016.
      PubDate: 2016-03-05
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2016)
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