Life Narratives: Prismatic World of the Author and Beyond

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August 15, 2021
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Life Narratives: Prismatic World of the Author and Beyond

The interconnectedness between life and writing, explored in life narratives, subscribes to the axiom of endorsing a transparency regarding the nature of the self who is writing—not only to the readers, but to the author itself who may find a moment of oneness between life and writing. This generates multiple possibilities of interpretation embedded in the questions of truth, memory, and agency of the writing subject. While establishing the subject as the prism of narration, these narratives of subjectivity are punctuated with impulses to understand one’s own life, memorialize one’s experiences, record one’s encounters with the animate and the inanimate, or even a will to preserve the unity of one’s own identity. At the center of life narratives then are located the self-projections of the artist, either underscoring or playing with the apparent unity of author, narrator, and protagonist. But despite this focus on the artist-subject, life narratives keep engaging with epistemological enquiries that often go beyond what the author intends to promote—the act of personal recollection offering unintended consequences despite the concerns being focused upon individuality, subjectivity, interiority, or authenticity associated with the specular figure of the author.

Though overtly committed to personal memory, life narratives also uncover performativity inscribed in the very form, seen as the element of deliberate stylization, that draws attention to the limits of self-expression when structural and creative considerations come into play. Representation of subject, style of writing, or the pattern of self-disclosure gets reflected in plurality of forms that are both sedimented and fluid in structure. These innovative narrative structures are evolved to offer something which is an exception to the normative identification through overlapping of various genres: fiction, non-fiction, autofiction, poetry, memoir, autobiography, digital testimony, etc. Extending well beyond any coherent theoretical coordinates to streamline its disparate forms, life narratives are as much constructed by an individual artist-subject as they are the product of his intersecting textures of historical, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts.

Concerning the Issue 5.1 with the exploration of life narratives in different shapes and formats, LLIDS invites scholars to deliberate upon forms of articulation and presentation of life narratives by either focusing on the themes given below or branching beyond:

  • Forms of Expression and Configuring Autobiographical Subject
  • Ancient, Modern, and Postmodern Life Narratives
  • Narrativizing Memory in Life Narratives
  • Self-Portraits as Life Narratives
  • Life Narratives and Post Truth
  • Life Narratives as Metanarratives
  • Biomythographies
  • Thanatographies
  • Temporality in Life Narratives
  • Gendered Perspective in Self-Representation
  • Confession and Life Narratives
  • Figuring Reader in Life Narratives
  • Experiments with Language in Life Narratives
  • Formation of Identity through Life Narratives
  • Paratextual Elements in Life Narratives
  • Life Narratives in Translation


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