n French Studies in Southern Africa - Autofiction, problème de définition ou problème de légitimité d'un genre?

Volume 2008, Issue 38
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



As a relatively recent notion (the term was coined in the late 1970s), autofiction / faction has not yet been able to establish itself authoritatively. Many authors write autofictional works, some consciously, others without knowing their oeuvre can be labelled as such. An overview of the historical developments and evolutions of the terminology will indicate the need for proper classification as well as the urgency for an adequate working definition, while noting the shifting focus of 21st century literature towards "me/ego-literature" and fiction centered around the "self".

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