Writing it up, writing it down

Název: Writing it up, writing it down
Zdrojový dokument: Brno studies in English. 2010, roč. 36, č. 2, s. [113]-122
  • ISSN
    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
Type: Článek
Licence: Neurčená licence
The current trend in autobiography that is making ours an age of memoir has long historical roots. The trend presents a potential difficulty for contemporary literature as writers increasingly turn from the writing of fiction to the writing of memoir; we risk, as Milan Kundera puts it, "an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding" in this proliferation of voices competing for a limited audience of readers. This essay presents no solutions to that potentiality but it does explore some of the motives for autobiography.
[1] Kundera, Milan The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. 1978. Trans. Michael Henry Heim. New York: Penguin, 1981.