Bits of Autobiography: Radical Deindividualization and Everydayness

James E. Dobson
This essay focuses on the autobiographical strategies deployed by Ambrose Bierce in response to shifting conceptions of the literary representation of everyday life. I place Bierce at the transition point between nineteenth and twentieth-century realism, between an understanding of typical experience as comfortably generic and a growing sense that the common story has produced a horrify anonymity. "Bits of Autobiography" are fragmentary and hypersubjective narratives that Bierce uses in his
more » ... mpt to re individuate by breaking with the repetitiveness that he associates with this latter understanding.
doi:10.17613/m6m59v fatcat:djrozqg3fnh6fd55gycdfvczve