Bits of Autobiography: Radical Deindividualization and Everydayness

James E. Dobson
2015
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