Achieving Autobiographical Form

A Twentieth Century Perspective

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In Achieving Autobiographical Form Nicholas Meihuizen argues that significant autobiographies achieve significant forms, peculiar to themselves alone. Form, he argues, is not accidental or merely functional. The author arrives at a form through a careful negotiation between the self’s immersion in its world and its ability to distance itself from this world. The quality of the resultant self-scrutiny enables the author to transform everyday reflex into the act of attention that results in formal achievement, a uniquely crafted structure. Meihuizen’s book helps demonstrate how each piece of autobiographical writing under consideration in it (works by Yeats, Conrad, Martin Amis, Frank Kermode, Andrew Motion, Roy Campbell, Richard Murphy, and J.M. Coetzee) discovers a unique form.
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Biographical Note

Nicholas Meihuizen is a Professor of English at North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, South Africa. He is author of Yeats and the Drama of Sacred Space (Rodopi, 1998), and Ordering Empire: The Poetry of Camões, Pringle, and Campbell (Peter Lang, 2007).

Table of contents

Introduction
Chapter One: Yeats’s Reveries over Childhood and Youth
Chapter Two: Conrad: A Personal Record
Chapter Three: Martin Amis: Experience
Chapter Four: Frank Kermode: Not Entitled
Chapter Five: Andrew Motion: In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood
Chapter Six: Three Authors: Roy Campbell, Richard Murphy, and J.M. Coetzee
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Readership

Academic libraries, specialists, post-graduates, and undergraduates interested in autobiography and formalism. Anyone concerned with Yeats, Conrad, Martin Amis, Frank Kermode, Andrew Motion, Richard Murphy, Roy Campbell, and J.M. Coetzee.

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