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Roland Barthes, a Contemporary Autofictional Writer? Or, Barthes Loses the Habit

What does Barthes have to do with autofiction? I argue that he is actually one of our contemporary autofictional writers, and that he helps us to understand the experience that their writings share in common. Continue reading

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Roland Barthes, autofictionneur contemporain, ou Barthes qui perd l’habitude

Qu’est-ce que Roland Barthes a à voir avec l’autofiction? Paradoxalement, Barthes appartient à la génération distincte des écrivains autofictionneurs qui ont émergé à partir des années 1990, et il nous aide à comprendre l’expérience que leurs écrits ont en commun. Continue reading

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The Diary as Radicalisation of French Autofiction

I shall argue that autofiction moved from having an orientation towards autobiography, to having an orientation towards the diary; that this shift roughly coincides with a new generation of writers who came to prominence in the 1990s; and that the change can be seen as a radicalisation of the practices and desires of autofiction. Continue reading

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Why You Should (Almost) Always Say “Hello” When Out Running

Acknowledging others when out running is a small but powerful act. Continue reading

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Maurice Blanchot: Theorist of the Diary

While researching for my next book on diaries in French literature, I found that Maurice Blanchot — reputedly hostile to all things biographical — is actually one of the most important and insightful writers on the diary. Continue reading

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Private Writing, Political Action: Written AIDS Testimony in France, 1986–1993

How private writing became a political act for people living with AIDS in France in the 1980s. Continue reading

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Michel Simonin: Breaking the Silence about AIDS in 1980s France

Michel Simonin’s personal and political struggle to speak publicly about his experience of living with AIDS helped to break the silence imposed on PWAs (people with AIDS) in France in the mid 1980s. Continue reading

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