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Autobiography in France has taken a decidedly visual turn in recent years: photographs, shown or withheld, become evidence of what was, might have been, or cannot be said; photographers, filmmakers, and cartoonists undertake projects that explore issues of identity. Textual and Visual Selves investigates, from a variety of theoretical perspectives, the ways in which the textual and the visual combine in certain French works to reconfigure ideas—and images—of self-representation.

Surprisingly, what these accounts reveal is that photography or film does not necessarily serve to shore up the referentiality of the autobiographical account: on the contrary, the inclusion of visual material can even increase indeterminacy and ambiguity. Far from offering documentary evidence of an extratextual self coincident with the “I” of the text, these images testify only to absence, loss, evasiveness, and the desire to avoid objectification. However, where Roland Barthes famously saw the photograph as a prefiguration of death, in this volume we see how the textual strategies deployed by these writers and artists result in work that is ultimately life-affirming.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Textual and Visual Selves
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 1. Beyond Autobiography
  2. pp. 29-49
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  1. 2. Chronicles of Intimacy: Photography in Autobiographical Projects
  2. pp. 51-77
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  1. 3. The Absent Body: Photography and Autobiography in Hélène Cixous’s Photos de racines and Annie Ernaux and Marc Marie’s L’Usage de la photo
  2. pp. 79-97
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  1. 4. The Photobiographical Today: Signs of an Identity Crisis?
  2. pp. 99-114
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  1. 5. Reclaiming the Void: The Cinematographic Aesthetic of Marguerite Duras’s Autobiographical Novels
  2. pp. 115-137
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  1. 6. Illustration Revisited: Phototextual Exchange and Resistance in Sophie Calle’s Suite vénitienne
  2. pp. 139-166
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  1. 7. Viewing the Past through a “Nostalgeric” Lens: Pied-Noir Photodocumentaries
  2. pp. 167-187
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  1. 8. Georges Perec, Memory, and Photography
  2. pp. 189-208
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  1. 9. The Self-Portrait in French Cinema: Reflections on Theory and on Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse
  2. pp. 209-233
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  1. 10. Autobiography in Bande Dessinée
  2. pp. 235-262
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 263-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-273
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803237995
Related ISBN
9780803236318
MARC Record
OCLC
809317580
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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