They Will Talk About Our Life in Front of Our Body: Writing as the Subject's Self-Appropriation and Transcendence in Carol Shields's 'The Stone Diaries' (Hablarán de Nuestra Vida Delante de Nuestro Cuerpo: La Escritura Como Autoapropiación y Trascendencia del Sujeto en 'The Stone Diaries') (Spanish)

15 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2010

Date Written: December 7, 2010

Abstract

This paper is an analysis and commentary of "The Stone Diaries," a novel by Carol Shields, seen here as a reflexive exercise in the representation of life stories, eschewing the narrative fallacies attending totalization, the reification of character, and the hindsight bias inherent to retrospective accounts. The novel's ironic stance and metafictional narrative structures provide a way of simultaneously appropriating and transcending actual life experience and the identity associated to it, through an experiment in representing oneself as an-other.

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Keywords: Literature, Fiction, American Novel, Metafiction, Narrative, Self, Carol Shields, Life, Self-Representation, Autobiography

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, They Will Talk About Our Life in Front of Our Body: Writing as the Subject's Self-Appropriation and Transcendence in Carol Shields's 'The Stone Diaries' (Hablarán de Nuestra Vida Delante de Nuestro Cuerpo: La Escritura Como Autoapropiación y Trascendencia del Sujeto en 'The Stone Diaries') (Spanish) (December 7, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1721575 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1721575

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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