Oana Elena STRUGARU
Universitatea „Ştefan cel Mare“ din Suceava, Facultatea de Litere şi Ştiinţe ale Comunicării „Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Faculty of Letters and Communication Sciences
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6-7 / 2011
The mirror of Exile. Autobiography as estrangement in the works of Andrei Codrescu
The present paper deals with the concept of estrangement as a narcissistic projection of Self in the society due to the need of the exiled writer to reconstruct his identity. The writer does so by a process of deterritorialization of his Self in text. The text becomes from this standpoint the environment where identity disseminates in the form of narration and where the individual becomes Subject as character in the literary work. This enables the Self to undergo permanent reconstruction, as every reader of the literary work will put together the image of the character, as the Other, always different. We are going to focus in our paper on the study of the autobiographies of the American writer of Romanian origin Andrei Codrescu, who regards this type of narrative as a means to reconstruct identity in order to integrate without discarding his stranger-self.
Keywords: exile, autobiography, narcissistic estrangement, Codrescu, mirroring
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