As always, Richard Gilbert provides some insight into currents in creative nonfiction. As I note in the comments to this post, I haven’t read Shields’ book, but a cursory glance reminded me of a literary theory — intertextuality — I studied in grad school. Those theorists, in general, were enthusiastically obsessed with the death of the author to the point it seemed to me that they would’ve delighted in chopping authors into little unidentifiable pieces. What was to replace the author, then?
As I repost this post, I wonder if I’m committing my own intertextual appropriation. Am I claiming as my own this post?