734. Self-Narrating Lives: Genre-Bending Autobiographical Works
Thursday, 8 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 611, WSCC
A special session
Presiding: Johanna Drucker, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Speakers: Maria Faini, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Anna Gibbs, Univ. of Western Sydney; William Kuskin, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Vanessa Place, Les Figues Press; Christine Wertheim, California Inst. of the Arts
This session explores the complexities of self-narration across media and formats with particular emphasis on those that blur genre lines. Autobiographical artists' books, graphic novels are often highly self-reflexive, and their metacharacter as books about books, or subversions of norms, makes them sites of citation and parody in which formal mimicry and content play with readers' expectations.
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