Posts Tagged: autofiction
Autofiction is in these days. Discussing her first novel Fantasian at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins blog, Larissa Pham unpacks her perspective on inserting autobiographical elements into fiction:
I knew that no matter what I wrote in my novella, given my history of truth-telling, there would be an implication that it was true.
Like every other year, in 2015 we wrestled with the knowledge of our constructed selves. But rather than eschew personhood as a postmodernist might, we considered just who we’ve been inventing:
What do you write about when you no longer put stock in the idea—the narrative—that nature exists objectively and independently of our stories about it?
The death of the novel has been argued and rebutted and argued again. Drawing from David Shields‘s book of literary criticism, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, Alexander Nazaryan wonders whether the essay might do a better job:
Reality Hunger argues that to survive, the novel must become less like itself, to just stop with the whole plot-character-theme business…If you have something to say, say it plainly, without all the juvenile disguises of the novel.