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Regard for the Other: Autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde

E. S. Burt


Although much has been written on autobiography, the same cannot be said of autothanatography, the writing of one's death. This study starts from the deconstructive premise that autobiography is aporetic, not or not only a matter of a subject strategizing with language to produce an exemplary identity but a matter also of its responding to an exorbitant call to write its death. The I-dominated representations of particular others and of the privileged other to whom a work is addressed, must therefore be set against an alterity plaguing the I from within or shadowing it from without. This alter ... More

Keywords: autobiography, autothanatography, death, confessional text, Augustine, identification, interior life, Baudelaire, narcissism, Rousseau

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230907
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. S. Burt, author
Department of French & Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine