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dc.contributor.advisorSchlipphacke, Heidien_US
dc.contributor.authorTillotson, Jonathanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-18T21:40:39Z
dc.date.available2016-10-18T21:40:39Z
dc.date.created2016-08en_US
dc.date.issued2016-10-18
dc.date.submitted2016-08en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/21226
dc.description.abstractMy dissertation examines episodes of childhood smallpox illness in the autobiographies of Franz Xaver Bronner, Giacomo Casanova, Katharina II, Wilhelmine von Bayreuth, Goethe and Johanna Schopenhauer. Drawing from Habermas’ theory of the public sphere and Friedrich Kittler’s theory of Bildung as Sozialisationsspiel, my project examines the degree to which autobiographical accounts of childhood smallpox episodes initiate a “constructed” Bildungsgeschichte, one that disguises the process of socialization through a narrative of self-fulfillment (Kittler); conversely, my project also explores the degree to which such smallpox episodes present the author’s initiation into adulthood as a moment of growth that is independent of Bildung. As an inner bodily experience, smallpox equates a subjective inner transformation of the autobiographical subject; smallpox invokes interiority as a modern construction of the body (Butler) and expresses subjective experiences of the modern self, both within the autobiographical Bildungsgeschichte as a constructed narrative of socialization (traditionally associated with the Bildungsroman) and within the autobiographies that do not express a linear Bildungsgeschichte (such as the more episodic memoirs of Casanova and Wilhelmine von Bayreuth).en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
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dc.rightsCopyright 2016 Jonathan Tillotsonen_US
dc.subjectSmallpoxen_US
dc.subjectInoculationen_US
dc.subjectAutobiographyen_US
dc.titleSmallpox, Interiority and the Emergence of the Modern European Autobiographyen_US
thesis.degree.departmentGermanic Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGermanic Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePhD, Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTantillo, Astridaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLoentz, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHall, Saraen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberIreland, Johnen_US
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