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8 The rumblings of postmodernist debate have also shaken the constructed foundations of autobiography studies. In traditional studies of autobiography the terms that are likely to shift within postmodernismparticularly history and subjectivityare taken as the stable elements in the story of one's life. Texts that affirm this stability, or that can be construed as affirming it, form the "tradition" of autobiography. Clearly, the time has come to consider the implications of genre for autobiography.

The essays in this volume turn their attention to the ''self," as it has been constructed in and by autobiography, by questioning the methodologies that produce and reproduce its cultural identity. By situating self-representation in relation to a range of critical and disciplinary texts, a context of inquiry emerges that challenges autobiography's previous generic definition. The conjunction of postmodernism and autobiography seems particularly salient when many are questioning what autobiography represents at the same time they are wondering what postmodernism is.

He said. '' I asked him. ''It's OK. " he said. Which is why I wrote the second volume; I'm not sure when that cop's coming back. It was my great luck, coming into America in the late sixties, to encounter several wayward myths ready-made for me, Transylvania being but one of them. Transylvaniaat the time of my arrivalwas a growing myth, full of potential, and anybody who bought stock in Dracula then must feel like an investor in early McDonald's. In the past two decades I have seen Halloween overtake Christmas as the nation's greatest holiday, and Dracula become bigger than Jesus Christ, and even John Lennon.

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