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FROM BEHIND THE MIRROR: PUBLISHING THE WORKS OF ANAÏS NIN

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Material Information

Title:
FROM BEHIND THE MIRROR: PUBLISHING THE WORKS OF ANAÏS NIN
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Sheehey, Elizabeth Claire
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Humanities
Area of Concentration:
Humanities
Faculty Sponsor:
Reid, Amy

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This thesis explores the unique position of the literary persona of Anaïs Nin, a persona produced in her writing through the tension between autobiography and fiction. If Nin is best known for her erotic fiction, her reputation reflects the careful construction of her autobiographical voice in her diaries. My first chapter argues that the editing decisions made in the publication of Nin’s Childhood Diaries, some 40 years after their writing, shape the “Anaïs” of its pages toward the project and persona that brought her (and her editors) critical and financial success. My second chapter examines Nin’s erotic fiction in light of her self-described “literary prostitution” and the calculations that determined the publication of her erotica. My third chapter discusses the lack of intimacy in Nin’s final diaries and asserts that the distillation of her voice reflects an acknowledgement of her audience at the moment when she confronts both death and the completion of her lifelong diary habit. Further, I seek to resolve the disconnect between the writing and publishing of her works by contrasting them with the contemporary practice of blogging. Today, nearly 40 years after her death, new material from Nin’s diaries continues to be published. Still, I question whether her diaries, so heavily edited by her and others, can ever reveal the true Anaïs Nin.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Elizabeth Claire Sheehey
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Reid, Amy

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 S5
System ID:
AA00024810:00001

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