• Bits of Autobiography: Radical Deindividualization and Everydayness

    Author(s):
    James E. Dobson (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    GS Life Writing, Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century English Literature
    Subject(s):
    American literature, Literature and psychology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    autobiography, phenomenology, individuality, Ambrose Bierce
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6M59V
    Abstract:
    This essay focuses on the autobiographical strategies deployed by Ambrose Bierce in response to shifting conceptions of the literary representation of everyday life. I place Bierce at the transition point between nineteenth and twentieth-century realism, between an understanding of typical experience as comfortably generic and a growing sense that the common story has produced a horrify anonymity. "Bits of Autobiography" are fragmentary and hypersubjective narratives that Bierce uses in his attempt to re individuate by breaking with the repetitiveness that he associates with this latter understanding.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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