Serge Doubrovsky (3391 words)

Elizabeth Houston Jones (The University of Leicester)
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Serge Doubrovsky was born in Paris to Jewish parents. After surviving the Nazi Occupation of Paris by spending nearly a year in hiding with his family, Doubrovsky subsequently spent much of his adult life in the US, most notably becoming a professor of French literature at the University of New York. In addition to his work as a literary critic publishing on Corneille, Racine, Proust and Sartre, Doubrovsky is best known for his contribution to the field of life writing. As well as writing seven volumes of autobiographical literature, he is credited in the Larousse and Robert dictionaries as having coined the term “autofiction”, which has since become widely used in literary criticism.

Serge Doubrovsky was born in 1928 in …

Citation: Jones, Elizabeth Houston. "Serge Doubrovsky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 March 2012 [, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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