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How autofiction turns the personal into the political

By Frances Egan, Lecturer in Global Studies, Monash University
Beth Kearney, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland
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It is timely that the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature went to French writer Annie Ernaux.

Ernaux has spent decades writing about her personal experience, moulding aspects of her life into literature, and projecting them into public space. Her work is part of a broader trend in global literature – that of “autofiction”.

You may have read more autofiction than you imagine. Perhaps you have come across authors such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, Teju Cole, Ocean Vuong, Chris Kraus, Sheila Heti, Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy. Less commonly talked about in the anglosphere are writers…The Conversation

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