New forms of authenticity? Autobiographical writing in the Dutch literature from 1995 onwards.

Project Details


Although popular, autobiographical writing in the Dutch literature from 1945 onwards has barely been researched. Since the mediatisation of literature from 1985 onwards and the dilution of postmodernism from 1995 onwards, however, the genre has flourished and diversified. Next to the classic autobiography, the pseudoautobiography, the autobiographical novel and auto fiction are distinguished in this research project. These (sub)genres violate the postulates of the traditional autobiography - e.g. the author-narrator-protagonist triad and the factuality - in numerous and various ways. The hypothesis is that different forms of autobiographical writing postulate different claims of authenticity. The term authenticity refers to the verisimilitude (also vraisemblance and verite du dire) of the image the autobiographer creates of the development of his personality. Authenticity, then, refers to a subjective rather than to an objective truth. This pragma-rhetorical study, i.e. a study that is concerned with the effects of the rhetorical and narrative strategies on the reading audience, researches the manner in which the textual (e.g. the author-narrator-protagonist triad), paratextual (e.g. the subtitle), extratextual (e.g. poetical writings) and contextual strategies (e.g. media performances) that result in the authentification of an autobiographical text, have changed since 1995.
Effective start/end date1/10/10 → 3/12/12

Flemish discipline codes

  • Languages and literary studies


  • linguistique et littérature
  • linguistics and literature