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Title: Elsewhere, yet nowhere : John Burnside’s autofictions and strategies of (dis)placement
Authors: Menn, Ricarda
Keywords: Autobiographical fiction
Displacement (Psychology) in literature
Literary discourse
Issue Date: 2018-02
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of English
Citation: Menn, R. (2018). Elsewhere, yet nowhere : John Burnside’s autofictions and strategies of (dis)placement. Antae Journal, 5(1), 31-45.
Abstract: In reading John Burnside’s three autofictions, A Lie About My Father (2006), Waking Up In Toytown (2009), and I Put A Spell On You (2014), this article aims at discussing how spaces and personal remembering, as well as potential displacements, are interlinked endeavours in recollective narratives. As a key argument, the notion of spacing yet displacing the self through writing and re-writing furthers the autofictional endeavour of self-narrative as a non-linear, fragmented enterprise. This paper therefore sheds light on the interconnections of autobiography and autofiction, space and memory, as well as seriality and writing.
Appears in Collections:Antae Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1
Antae Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1

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