TITLE

JOURNEY TO A FAR PLACE: THE WAY OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL REFLECTION

AUTHOR(S)
Quinney, Richard
PUB. DATE
May 1984
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;May84, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p182
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The autobiographical narrative is grounded necessarily in concrete historical reality. Autobiographical reflection makes possible, in fact, the coming into consciousness of history. The autobiographical narrative is the form this consciousness takes. The subject of autobiographical writing is in part the self, a self becoming conscious of itself in and as history. In the self-examination of autobiography there is the interaction of the private self with the greater public and historical reality. The self is grasped in the context of history, and history is made conscious in the writing of autobiography. Both the author and history are reborn in the process of autobiographical reflection. People are engaged in a regeneration. Human lives are being placed in historical consciousness and in the consciousness of the universe. Author's life is sought in the search for something beyond that life. In the loss of self in a larger universe there is re-creation, deliverance, and a redemption. Life lived and life yet to be lived are elevated to the symbolic, the mythical, the eternal, to the metaphysical grounding of all natural existence. Rather than an egotistic withdrawal from reality, the conscious reconsideration of one's life is a movement toward oneness with the universe.
ACCESSION #
11578312

 

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