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Narratives of the Self

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Edited By Pawel Schreiber and Joanna Malicka

This book explores the many interdependencies and crossovers between living and writing, or, in more specific terms, between writers’ lives on the one hand and their literary output on the other. Thematically divided into four major parts, the book focuses on different literary concerns and discusses literary works from the 17 th century to the present day. The first part approaches the issue of autobiography and biography, the second part takes a close look at travel writing, while the third discusses various lives in fiction and the fourth deals with confessional writing.
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Making alter egos up: Flann O’Brien’s narrative voices as deliberate impossibilities

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Yes, the objective form is the most subjective in matter. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth (Oscar Wilde, “The Critic As Artist,” 984).

1. At Swim-Two-Birds as a watershed in the twentieth century English novel

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