On the autobiographical impulse in contemporary art, writing, and theory

Edited by Moran Sheleg

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  • ISBN: 9781526172471
  • Publish Date: Jul 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7247-1
    • Pages: 328
    • Price: £95.00
    • Published Date: July 2024


    Following the critical scepticism surrounding the notion of the 'self' as a singular entity during the 1960s, many artists and writers sought to test the apparent problem posed by autobiography as both a traditional genre and as a way of working. Considering the consequent emergence of autotheory, Lifework traces this shift in artistic and literary production during the late twentieth century and beyond, examining a set of diverse practices that mine the line between what it is to make art and what it is to live life. The book's chapters connect a variety of artistic strategies that cut across medium, geography and time, uncovering how the historical marginalisation of first-person experience has taken on larger social, cultural and political implications in the contemporary moment and how the work of living might still relate to the work of art.


    Introduction: the life of work, the work of life - Moran Sheleg
    Part I: Working lives
    1 Diaristic diagrams - Margaret Iversen
    2 Inarticulations - Susan Morris
    3 Valuing life - Alistair Rider
    Part II: Enveloping me
    4 Folds - Rye Dag Holmboe
    5 The perversity of her envelopes, or, Kathy Acker's sick clothes and kleptomaniac close writing: a reply to sender - Alice Butler
    Part III: Autotheory as medium and message
    6 At the altar of her divine: on Audre Lorde and Tee Corrine - Teresa Carmody
    7 Autotheorising the unself - Marquis Bey
    Part IV: Conceptualising the self
    8 'Sources questionable at best': Ree Morton's notebooks and sketchbooks - Abi Shapiro
    9 'Hey Mom, I made it and I'm ok': self-help and 1970s Conceptual art - Lucy Bradnock
    Part V: I remember. remember me
    10 A wall for apricots: dedication and loss in Anne Truitt's Minimalism - Miguel de Baca
    11 Ode to forgetting - Moran Sheleg
    12 A life's work - Jo Applin


    Moran Sheleg is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of East Anglia


    Edited by Moran Sheleg

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