Work of the Fellows: Monographs

James Olney, Memory and Narrative: The Weave of Life-Writing

Olney, James (Fellow, 1980-81)

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998

From the publisher's description:

Memory and Narrative presents an elegant, authoritative account of how life-writing has changed over time to arrive at its present form. James Olney, one of the most distinguished scholars of autobiography, tells the story of an evolving literary form that originated in the autobiographical writings of St. Augustine, underwent profound changes in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s life-writing trilogy, and found a momentary conclusion in the work of Samuel Beckett.


Subjects: Literary Criticism; Literary Theory;; Memory; Narrative; Literary History; Autobiography;