Experimentation and the Autobiographical Search for Identity in the Projects of Michel Leiris and Hubert Fichte

Thomas Wilks

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This study compares the substantial literary projects of Michel Leiris and Hubert Fichte, and it examines how they overstep theoretical prescriptions in their explorations of the self. The author concentrates predominantly on those components of these multi-volume projects that he argues are autobiographically motivated, although he establishes that these texts are not straightforwardly representative of this mode. In its tripartite arrangement, his study investigates the main areas of critical attention relating to the classification of the authors’ works, with particular reference to autobiography. Throughout this investigation, he provides evidence for his contention that for Leiris and Fichte alike, life and writing becomes mutually defining over the protracted progressions of their self-scrutiny. In the first part, he highlights biographical parallels between the authors, and he compares their respective project-conceptions. He then evaluates the efficacy of autobiographical theory in explaining their self-projections beyond their personal experience and towards textual processes of enactment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLewiston (USA)
PublisherEdwin Mellen Press
Number of pages342
ISBN (Print)978-0773456020, 0773456023
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2006


  • Michel Leiris
  • Hubert Fichte
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Literature
  • German Literature
  • Twentieth century literature
  • Autobiography


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