Rousseau's Occasional Autobiographies

3 avg rating
( 1 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780814205655: Rousseau's Occasional Autobiographies
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In this lively study of autobiography in the making, Susan K. Jackson looks at the ways in which Rousseau's earlier occasional work informed his later autobiographical masterpiece, Confessions, which some have credited with initiating autobiography in its modern form. Jackson's study begins with the premise that Confessions did not represent the first time that Rousseau became interested in writing the story of his own life, although Rousseau himself claimed it was. Rather, Jackson traces his preoccupation with autobiography, which she shows began as early as 1752, through many of his occasional and less well-known works. Reading Confessions in tandem with a series of texts that Rousseau insisted were occasional (texts that include personal Lettres in response to Malesherbes and belles-lettres of purported response to the official condemnation to his own Emile), Jackson shows that Rousseau did not suddenly leap into autobiography as a way to challenge prevailing philosophical and literary limits. Time and time again, Rousseau encoded himself in earlier works; therefore, Jackson argues, Confessions can only be fully appreciated if read in conjunction with earlier self-inscribed works. Jackson goes on to place Rousseau and his writing within the wider subject of autobiography in contemporary culture, to reconsider the definition of autobiography itself, and to look at the role of initial forays into self-portraiture in regard to authorized autobiography. Jackson's original study, detailing as it does the adventure of creating autobiography, makes a significant contribution to Rousseau studies but will also be of interest to scholars of autobiography as well as those interested in literary and publishing history. Susan K. Jackson is Assistant Professor of French at Boston University.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780814253311: Rousseau’s Occasional Autobiographies

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0814253318 ISBN 13:  9780814253311
Publisher: Ohio State University Press, 2016
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Jackson, Susan K.
Published by Ohio State Univ Pr (1992)
ISBN 10: 0814205658 ISBN 13: 9780814205655
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ohio State Univ Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110814205658

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 56.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Susan K. Jackson
Published by Ohio State Univ Pr (1992)
ISBN 10: 0814205658 ISBN 13: 9780814205655
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ohio State Univ Pr, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0814205658

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 239.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds