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    Photobiography: photographic self-writing in Proust, Guibert, Ernaux, Macé

    Kawakami, Akane (2013) Photobiography: photographic self-writing in Proust, Guibert, Ernaux, Macé. Oxford, UK: Legenda. ISBN 9781907975868.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Why do photographs interest writers, especially autobiographical writers? Ever since their invention, photographs have featured — as metaphors, as absent inspirations, and latterly as actual objects — in written texts. In autobiographical texts, their presence has raised particularly acute questions about the rivalry between the two media, their relationship to the ‘real’, and the nature of the constructed self. In this timely study, based on the most recent developments in the fields of photography theory, self-writing and photobiography, Akane Kawakami offers an intriguing account of photobiographic works ranging from texts containing metaphorical photographs through ekphrastic narratives to photo-texts. Her choice of Marcel Proust, Hervé Guibert, Annie Ernaux and Gérard Macé provides thought-provoking readings of works seldom considered in this context, and teases out surprising similarities between unexpected conjunctions.

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