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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States
Sidonie SmithSidonie Smith

Assuming her experiential history as referential base and point of departure, an autobiographer represents her life story in order to share it with others. Her “experience” and the “memory” through which it is routed are already interpreted phenomena and thus at least once removed from any pure facticity. After all, autobiographers sometimes take liberty with that most elementary fact, the date of birth, choosing for themselves a more propitious moment or purposefully confusing the date. And memory is selective and untrustworthy. What truth we come to know in reading autobiography derives not from the ... ...

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