Appropriating life-history through autobiographical writing : Andre Gorz's The traitor, a dialectical inquiry into the self

  title={Appropriating life-history through autobiographical writing : Andre Gorz's The traitor, a dialectical inquiry into the self},
  author={Michael Mundhenk},
  journal={Prose Studies},
The autobiographical preoccupation in contemporary Western bourgeois culture attests to mass society's threat to the individual, but can also constitute a challenge to this repression of selfhood. In a society that increasingly homogenizes, instrumentalizes, and thus eradicates selves, the autobiographical act provides, unless it isolates and fetishizes the subjective factor (narcissism) or the linguistic, textual moment (structuralism and post-structuralism), an arena for a concrete social… 


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