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The Autofictional

Approaches, Affordances, Forms

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Expands the parameters of conversations on autofiction to date to allow new perspectives, different voices and diverse case studies to emerge

  • Offers innovative and wide-ranging responses to a continuously flourishing literary phenomenon

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Life Writing (PSLW)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Back Matter

    Pages 327-338

About this book

This open access book offers innovative and wide-ranging responses to the continuously flourishing literary phenomenon of autofiction. The book shows the insights that are gained in the shift from the genre descriptor to the adjective, and from a broad application of “the autofictional” as a theoretical lens and aesthetic strategy. In three sections on “Approaches,” “Affordances,” and “Forms,” the volume proposes new theoretical approaches for the study of autofiction and the autofictional, offers fresh perspectives on many of the prominent authors in the discussion, draws them into a dialogue with autofictional practice from across the globe, and brings into view texts, forms, and media that have not traditionally been considered for their autofictional dimensions. The book, in sum, expands  the parameters of research on autofiction to date to allow new voices and viewpoints to emerge.


  • Autofiction
  • Autobiography
  • Life writing
  • Comparative literature
  • World literature
  • Narrative theory
  • Biography
  • Memoir
  • Identity studies
  • Postcolonialism
  • Travel writing
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Alexandra Effe

  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    Hannie Lawlor

About the editors

Alexandra Effe is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, Norway. As Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, UK, she co-runs the project “Autofiction in Global Perspective.” She is the author of J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression: A Reconsideration of Metalepsis (2017).

Hannie Lawlor is Lecturer in Spanish at Exeter College and Keble College, University of Oxford, UK. She recently completed her PhD in contemporary French and Spanish women’s life-writing at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)