A Cognitive Perspective on Autofictional Writing, Texts, and Reading

EFFE, A and GIBBONS, Alison (2022). A Cognitive Perspective on Autofictional Writing, Texts, and Reading. In: EFFE, A and LAWLOR, H, (eds.) The Autofictional. Approaches, affordances, forms. Palgrave Studies in Life Writing . Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 61-81.

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This chapter argues for the necessity of a cognitive and holistic approach to autofiction—an approach that considers textual signposts in combination with the cognitive-affective dynamics of a text’s production and reception. On the basis of empirical data in the form of writers’ self-reports and psychological studies into the differences between fictional and factual reading modes, the chapter argues for and offers definitions of autofictional writing and autofictional reading modes. Their potential affordances and effects both for authors and readers are illustrated in relation to three works, which exhibit different degrees of fictionality: Philip Roth’s The Facts (1988), Olivia Laing’s Crudo (2018), and Ben Lerner’s 10:04 (2014).

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Series ISSN: 2730-9193
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78440-9_4
Page Range: 61-81
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 15:02
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 11:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30335

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