Metacritic Journal


for Comparative Studies and Theory

autobiography
ISSN 2457 – 8827
Mihai Stelian  Rusu Mihai Stelian Rusu

From “Under the Shadow of Death”: Choosing the Left as a Life Option


Drawing on scholarship on transnationalism, this paper resorts to concepts such as “trans-ethnic identity” and “multiple social identities” for making sense of two autobiographical writings authored by scholars who articulated a leftist counter-memory in telling their life stories spanning before, during, and after Romanian socialism. The study compares and contrasts the memoirs of Andrei Roth and Ion Ianoși, arguing that their retrospective writings document the articulation of a different strand of...   ⇨ Read more
Emma Pustan Emma Pustan

Schreber’s Memoirs: the Crisis of the Autobiographical Pact and the Ethics of Taxonomy


Daniel Paul Schreber (1942-1911) starts to write Memories of my nervous illness in 1900 (during his stay at Sonnenstein Asylum) and he publishes it in 1902, before leaving the sanatorium. His personal account on schizophrenia is an essential reading for the clinical, psychoanalytic and psychological training, but the filter that will be adopted in this study will pertain to a different angle, concerning to a greater extent the formal considerations, the convention of classification – be it nosology or...   ⇨ Read more