Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2014

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780748675555

Bookseller Code (06)

Textual Deceptions

False Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era

Sue Vice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Analyses the background, literary construction and value of a wide range of recent false memoirs and literary deceptions
  • Considers whether internal detail alone is sufficient to identify the truth-value or otherwise of a text, or if other evidence must be invoked
  • Explores the contradiction between contemporary literary critics' adherence to Roland Barthes's notion of the 'death of the author', and the apparently supreme importance of the role and biography of authors in the scandals that accompany revelations of deception