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Huish, Mabel Rose
Languages: English
Types: Doctoral thesis
PART I\ud Discussion of some critics' definitions and views of\ud autobiography is followed by examination of the nature of its\ud truth and selectivity. Attention is given to the roles of memory,\ud motivation and intention and the part played by the unconscious. Part I concludes with some critical and authorial suggestions for sub-dividing the very large genre of autobiography to facilitate study, noting the difficulties this presents. There is also discussion of the ways in which the autobiographer's choice of form and style can enhance or limit self-revelation.\ud \ud PART II\ud The special features of the autobiography of childhood as a\ud sub-division of the genre are discussed, with further examination of the complexities of memory, motivation and intention in relation to the difficulties of interpreting and presenting the child protagonist. The significance and presentation of memories and researched material at all stages of childhood is examined in conjunction with the psychological needs of the autobiographer and the formal\ud requirements of literature. The universal nature of the areas of\ud childhood commonly recalled is noted, but the subjective individual use and presentation of the material is stressed.\ud The work is illustrated throughout by extracts from appropriate\ud texts. The autobiographical extracts are drawn from approximately forty-five texts by a variety of authors, some of established literary repute and others of a more popular nature. This indicates a departure from many other studies of autobiography, which tend to concentrate on material by renowned literary figures, and suggests an area for wider study of ths genre. Reference has also been made to a number of critical texts and relevant radio programmes.
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    • Rowse, A. L. A Cornish Childhood. London: Anthony Mott, 1982 (Jonathan Cape, 1942)
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