Genres of Failure in Autotheory and Autofiction

Tue, Sep 24, 2019, 4:30 pm
Location: 
127 East Pyne
Speaker(s): 
Abstract

Contemporary writings particularly known to be auto-fictional and/or auto-theoretical can be said to be preoccupied with the sense of failure. At times, that sense of failure even touches on the failure to “die at the right time” (Nietzsche). In that regard, it can be further said that a specter haunts such contemporary writings, and I want to suggest in my talk that what remains of those writings is that they manifest themselves more like “postscripts.” I take “postscripts” to be texts underlying which are lamentations of the missed chance to die at the right time, hinting as well at the desire to try again, all of which give these texts a quasi-posthumous dimension. Such “postscripts,” I will also try to show, cut across some of the writings of Édouard Levé, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Yiyun Li, and Kate Zambreno.