Autopathographies in New Media Environments at the Turn of the 21st Century
The author attends to points of departure and continuity between literary autopathographies—autobiographical accounts of illness—and autopathographies produced in new media environments at the turn of the 21st century. Following an overview of early online autopathographic practices, the author engages in close readings of two artistic autopathographies rendered in digital media: Donald G. Rodney’s AUTOICON (2000) and Hannah Wilke’s Intra-Venus Tapes (1990–1993/2007). With these artworks positioned as “database autopathographies,” distinct forms of narrative and temporality are seen to play out in their reception. The comparison of diverse modes of autopathographic production allows an assessment of the extent to which and in what respects the passage from literature to artistic and new media environments entails an expansion of the autopathographic genre.
KeywordsMedia Environment Life Plan Audio Clip Online Support Group Illness Narrative
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