The Resource Creating identity in the Victorian fictional autobiography, Heidi L. Pennington

Creating identity in the Victorian fictional autobiography, Heidi L. Pennington

Label
Creating identity in the Victorian fictional autobiography
Title
Creating identity in the Victorian fictional autobiography
Statement of responsibility
Heidi L. Pennington
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "This is the first book-length study of the fictional autobiography, a subgenre that is at once widely recognizable and rarely examined as a literary form with its own history and dynamics of interpretation. Heidi L. Pennington shows that the narrative form and genre expectations associated with the fictional autobiography in the Victorian period engages readers in a sustained meditation on the fictional processes that construct selfhood both in and beyond the text. Through close readings of Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and other well-known examples of the subgenre, Pennington shows how the Victorian fictional autobiography subtly but persistently illustrates that all identities are fictions. Despite the subgenre's radical implications regarding the nature of personal identity, fictional autobiographies were popular in their own time and continue to inspire devotion in readers. This study sheds new light on what makes this subgenre so compelling, up to and including in the present historical moment of precipitous social and technological change. As we continue to grapple with the existential question of what determines "who we really are," this book explores the risks and rewards of embracing conscious acts of fictional self-production in an unstable world"--
  • "This is the first book-length study of the significance of the fictional autobiography in the Victorian understanding of selfhood. Jane Eyre, Villette, David Copperfield, Esther's portions of Bleak House, and other fictional autobiographies of the era subtly but persistently illustrate that all identities are fictions. These works ask readers to rethink the concept of personal identity by showing that our impressions of personal authenticity derive from our own acts of narrative creation. By dramatizing the process of fictional self-making and implicating the reader therein, the fictional autobiography constitutes an important link in the intellectual history of selfhood from pre-Victorian times to the present. In fact, Pennington argues, postmodernism's claims about the constructedness of personal identity represent not a break with traditional thinking about the self, but rather the culmination of it"--
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Pennington, Heidi L
Dewey number
823/.0820908
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR830.A8
LC item number
P46 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Autobiographical fiction, English
  • English fiction
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • Self in literature
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
Label
Creating identity in the Victorian fictional autobiography, Heidi L. Pennington
Link
https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/umanitoba/detail.action?docID=5247040
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Chapter 1-The Victorian Fictional Autobiography in Context: Fiction, Reference, and Reader Expectations -- Chapter 2-The Author and the Reader: The Individual and (as) Narrative Community -- Chapter 3-Domestic Interiors and the Fictionality of the Domestic -- Chapter 4-"To Be Home-sick, One Must Have a Home": Difficult Domesticity and Controlling Collaboration in Copperfield and Villette -- Coda-Fiction and Selfhood in the Twenty-First Century
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780826274069
Lccn
2017059015
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(NhCcYBP)40027947351
Label
Creating identity in the Victorian fictional autobiography, Heidi L. Pennington
Link
https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/umanitoba/detail.action?docID=5247040
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Chapter 1-The Victorian Fictional Autobiography in Context: Fiction, Reference, and Reader Expectations -- Chapter 2-The Author and the Reader: The Individual and (as) Narrative Community -- Chapter 3-Domestic Interiors and the Fictionality of the Domestic -- Chapter 4-"To Be Home-sick, One Must Have a Home": Difficult Domesticity and Controlling Collaboration in Copperfield and Villette -- Coda-Fiction and Selfhood in the Twenty-First Century
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780826274069
Lccn
2017059015
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(NhCcYBP)40027947351

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