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Is there a Main Road in the Study of Autobiography?

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Is there a main road to follow in the study of autobiography? This is the question that the author has used as a starting point for this chapter. Autobiography is in itself an area that is not easy to grasp in full because of the multiplicity of perspectives from which it can be seen. It has in fact, and rightly, drawn the attention of historians of literature as it is one of the first manifestations of writing of the self, of the objectivizing of self-awareness which, especially beginning in the eighteenth century (the model is Rousseau) took on a full and mature form; and is naturally interesting to historians, as it is a sometimes unequaled document of the biography of a given person and related events. The different approach has thus brought about a distinction in the texts that are prevalently studied, but also in chronology.

Keywords: autobiography; chronology; family memory; France; historians



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