Memory and Narrative

The Weave of Life-Writing

James Olney

Memory and Narrative

James Olney

446 pages | 2 halftones, 1 line drawing | 6 x 9 | © 1999
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780226628172 Published November 2000
Cloth $62.00 ISBN: 9780226628165 Published January 1999
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.

"This is an elegant work of scholarship." —Jason Berry, Chicago Tribune

"Examines how the fascinating, reciprocal relationship between memory and narrative has evolved over the course of 17 centuries. . . . Olney's work is a valuable companion to his subjects' primary texts." —Booklist
1. Memory and the Narrative Imperative
First Interlude
2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Crisis of Narrative Memory
Second Interlude
3. Not I
4. Narrative
5. Memory

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