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differences (2020) 31 (2): 30–57.
Published: 01 September 2020
... straightforwardly autobiographical account. Borrowing the concept of “autothanatography” from Jacques Derrida and others, this essay explores how Vivier’s works inscribe a relationship to death, to the end and impossibility of autobiography, into its very origin. I argue that such an inscription occurs prominently...
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differences (1994) 6 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 April 1994
... - is also writing against death twice: the other's and one's own. Every autobiography, we might say, is also an autothanatography (fig. 3).14 The mother/son imbrication, then, both in life and in death overdetermines the troublesome and much debated structure of the Confessions. Unlike Derrida, Augustine...
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differences (1998) 10 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 April 1998
...-this autothanatography-through a death that is and is not properly my own. I had an abortion. This statement mimics "I had a child," calling to memory a future I chose not to live. An abortion is a decision, a division, a split. It is the possibility of doing life and death at the same time. It means that a part of me...