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Encyclopaedic Autobiography in Roland Barthes’s Roland Barthes (1975) and Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2004)

O'Meara, Lucy (2021) Encyclopaedic Autobiography in Roland Barthes’s Roland Barthes (1975) and Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2004). Forum for Modern Language Studies, 57 (2). pp. 223-239. ISSN 0015-8518. E-ISSN 1471-6860. (doi:10.1093/fmls/cqab014) (KAR id:89376)

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Abstract

This article examines two works of autobiographical literature that are structured in fragmentary form and that engage explicitly with the formal and conceptual model of the encyclopaedia. One of the works, Roland Barthes’s Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes (1975) is by a literary theorist, and the other, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2004) is by a popular mainstream columnist and broadcaster. Both works, despite a disparity of tone and material, display similar convictions about the utility of what I will call ‘encyclopaedic autobiography’ as a form. I argue that these autobiographical works allow us to reconceive not only of autobiography but of the question of what ‘encyclopaedic literature’ might be.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/fmls/cqab014
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Society for French Studies Prize Research Fellowship
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern Languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN80 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN851 Comparative Literature
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance Literature > PQ1 French Literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Lucy O'Meara
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2021 10:03 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 10:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/89376 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
O'Meara, Lucy: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8719-4888
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