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Vol. 1 No. 1 (2019): The Salzburg Seminar and Its Legacies in American Studies

Outlook on Life Writing and American Studies

  • Silvia Schultermandl
  • Nassim Balestrini
DOI
https://doi.org/10.47060/jaaas.v1i1.106
Submitted
August 21, 2020
Published
2020-09-08

Abstract

In lieu of an abstract, here is the first paragraph of this contribution:

Having discussed five distinct areas of inquiry within life writing studies, we are acutely aware of the various interconnected themes. By way of a conclusion, we would like to sketch three particular aspects which merit extensive attention. First, the fact that all of the contributions highlight the constructedness of life writing can be seen as a call for enhancing our understanding of the mechanisms of self-representation and their implications for the represented autobiographical self and for the multi-genre phenomenon of life writing. The field of life writing studies has been instrumental in uncovering multiple phenotypes linked to medium-specific possibilities and to the contexts in which such content is generated, disseminated, and received. Thus, we will need to grapple further with researching competing and differing media selves, including the roles of curators and adapting generic forms like the scrapbook and the self-help manual as well as the economic backdrop and impact of production and distribution.

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