Leslie Scalapino

Laura Hinton (City College)
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At the beginning of her “Autobiography” (2003), Leslie Scalapino quotes Paul de Man's deconstructive account of the relation between autobiography and life: “We assume that life


the autobiography as an act produces its consequences, but can we not suggest, with equal justice, that the autobiographical project may itself produce and determine the life . . .?” De Man's statement goes further to suggest that referentiality to the life behind and within the autobiography is an “illusion”, one made to the “the structure of the figure”. His reflection upon the importance of the figure is a telling opening for Scalapino's own personal testimony about the life in her writing, and the writing life. For Scalapino, the text and the life are intuitively mixed.

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Citation: Hinton, Laura. "Leslie Scalapino". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002; last revised 24 June 2022. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3949, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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