The author in the study: self-representation as reader and writer in the medieval and early modern periods

Goodall, Peter (2006) The author in the study: self-representation as reader and writer in the medieval and early modern periods. In: Early modern autobiography: theories, genres, practices. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI. United States, pp. 104-114. ISBN 978-0-472-09928-3

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Abstract

Debates about the authenticity of an autobiographical self; and what this means, have preoccupied scholars since the days of New Criticism. It has become an axiom that medieval writers use personae and write within such an elaborate and comprehensive system of literary conventions that it is impossible to identify the voice of the real author, even when he or she is speaking as an 'I,' and impossible to differentiate the voice of the author from that of the narrator or, more broadly, the voice of the author/narrator from the text itself. I will begin with literary descriptions of selfhood from Augustine through Abelard, Dante, Petrarch, and Chaucer.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version unavailable in electronic format. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 920 Ear.
Depositing User: Prof Peter Goodall
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2009 06:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: authors; medieval; early modern; self
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5393

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