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Artful histories : modern Australian autobiography / David McCooey. (1996)

Authors: McCooey, David Wyndham.
Publisher:Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,
Uniqueness:
  • There are 69 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 67 copies of this specific edition.
Subjects:
Author:
  • McCooey, David Wyndham.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • viii, 237 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary:
  • Artful Histories is an original account of modern Australian autobiography which radically revises current theories of autobiography and discusses a remarkably broad range of popular and literary texts written since Hal Porter's 1963 autobiography The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony. In his challenge to post-structuralist theories of autobiography, particularly in terms of autobiography's relationship with fiction and history, David McCooey analyses the nature of the self, the question of intent, and the role of narrative. He discusses the ways in which the autobiographer makes sense of his or her life through a developing but continuous awareness of the narrative quality of experience. The book explores themes in the mythology of childhood, education, sexuality, the discovery of hidden histories, the trauma of displacement and death and, finally, the importance of place in the Australian imagination.
Contents:
  • Machine derived contents note: Introduction
  • 1. Autobiography and history
  • 2. Beginnings: histories and families
  • 3. Beginnings and myth
  • 4. Parents, crisis and education
  • 5. The hidden past and personal history
  • 6. Autobiographies of displacement
  • 7. The individual and place
  • 8. Fiction and autobiography
  • Conclusion.
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Notes:
  • Includes bibliography.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-231) and index.
  • "N.S.W. Premier's Literary Awards - 1996 Winner"-Cover.
  • CIP confirmed.
  • Bibliography: p. 220-231.
Language:
  • English
ISBN:
  • 0521561019 (hardbound : alk. paper)
  • 0521567904 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Dewey Number:
  • B
  • 820.9/​994
  • 809.93592
  • A820.94920904
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 21789295
  • 21789295
  • 21609063
  • 21609063
  • 11949439
  • 11949439
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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