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Thomas C. Baily
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200)

A Rhetoric of the Self: The Reader and Writer in Autobiographical Literature

To do a careful study of literary autobiographies in an attempt to see if a rhetoric of autobiography can be deduced, and if a series of generalizations can be made about the ways in which writer and reader discover each other. Study should help students place themselves in the proper relationship to the literature they read. Study will also be concerned with how the writer presents himself to the reader --the kind of person the author becomes, the kind of audience he is writing for.

Project fields:
Literary Criticism; Literature, General

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$13,980 (approved)
$13,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1975 – 8/31/1976