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Textual Deceptions: False Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era

Sue Vice


This book considers a wide range of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary works that feature literary deceptions and false memories and in which the relationship between text and author is not what it seems. By exploring a variety of examples of false or embellished memoirs, purportedly autobiographical novels that are in fact thoroughly fictional, as well as bogus authorial personae, it discusses whether it is possible to judge veracity by means of textual clues alone. It also argues that literary deceptions and false memoirs have particular cultural value and significance. The account ... More

Keywords: literary deceptions, false memories, memoir, bogus personae, Roland Barthes, testimony, readership, biography, autobiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748675555
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue Vice, author
University of Sheffield