Approximate author-ity: self-crafting "Le Bec" and other Trondheimian masks

Cointot, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-7767-1193, 2018. Approximate author-ity: self-crafting "Le Bec" and other Trondheimian masks. Image [&] Narrative, 19 (3). ISSN 1780-678X

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Lewis Trondheim crafted an autobiographical avatar who appears to be stuck in a state of stasis. As I examine Trondheim's self-crafting into a protagonist and a character in a narrative, I argue that his mask's immutability paradoxically allows for an exploration of the changing nature of identity and the performative notion of authorship. Trondheim's enterprise is a self-imposed frame, which I propose to read as a technique of the self. In my examination of Trondheim's many masks, I show how Trondheim questions the process of identity formation through the careful elaboration both within and outside his works of his persona into a myth of the self. His variety of masks invites a reflection on the oscillation between a sense of recognition and de-familiarisation of the self. Trondheim enacts a care of the self via a self-writing which evokes a renunciation of the self only to renounce this via his comics production. This seems to embody perfectly a form of care of the self – based on parody–fitting to a contemporary moment in which the confessional has been recast as a form of affirmation of self-identity and validation.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Special issue on Lewis Trondheim
Publication Title: Image [&] Narrative
Creators: Cointot, C.
Publisher: Instituut voor Culturele Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Date: 2018
Volume: 19
Number: 3
ISSN: 1780-678X
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Nov 2018 15:32
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 15:32
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