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Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern Life Writing
Borderlines. Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern Life Writing locates and investigates the borderlines between autobiography and fiction in various kinds of life-writing dating from the last thirty years. This volume offers a valuable comparative approach to texts by French, English, American, and German authors to illustrate the different forms of experimentation with the borders between genres and literary modes. Gudmundsdóttir tackles important contemporary concerns such as autobiography’s relationship to postmodernism by investigating themes such as memory and crossing cultural divides, the use of photographs in autobiography and the role of narrative in life-writing. This work is of interest to students and scholars of comparative literature, postmodernism and contemporary life-writing.

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This article explores the reception, mediation and transformation of an Icelandic memory text about the Spanish Civil War, Hallgrímur Hallgrímsson’s Undir fána lýðveldisins (1941; Under the Republic’s flag). Of particular interest is the trajectory of the literary work in Icelandic fiction and the author’s role in Icelandic cultural memory with an emphasis on what Ann Rigney has termed ‘memory dynamics’. Through an examination of the reception and the cultural afterlife of Hallgrímsson’s autobiographical account and participation in events with a strong international dimension, we argue that literary remediation of Hallgrímsson’s memories has been used to contest nation-based cultural memory, in particular memory of war, by linking it to transnational events.

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In: The Twentieth Century in European Memory

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This article explores the reception, mediation and transformation of an Icelandic memory text about the Spanish Civil War, Hallgrímur Hallgrímsson’s Undir fána lýðveldisins (1941; Under the Republic’s flag). Of particular interest is the trajectory of the literary work in Icelandic fiction and the author’s role in Icelandic cultural memory with an emphasis on what Ann Rigney has termed ‘memory dynamics’. Through an examination of the reception and the cultural afterlife of Hallgrímsson’s autobiographical account and participation in events with a strong international dimension, we argue that literary remediation of Hallgrímsson’s memories has been used to contest nation-based cultural memory, in particular memory of war, by linking it to transnational events.

Open Access
In: The Twentieth Century in European Memory