The Self and the Individual

Jeanne Openshaw

in Writing the Self

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062479
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080489 | DOI:
The Self and the Individual

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This chapter traces the trajectory from Raj's autobiography to his songs, from the ‘outer autobiography’ to the ‘inner autobiography’, and, as will be argued here, from one notion of self to another. It suggests that these different genres of composition and writing may have exerted an influence on Raj's self-portrayal. In addition to his own writing, stories about Raj conjure further images, reflecting diversity of perception and the growth of mythologies around this controversial figure. Nevertheless, once their perspectives and limitations are borne in mind, these different sources contribute a unique insight into the life and development of Raj.

Keywords: Raj Krishna; autobiography; songs; self; self-portrayal; growth of mythologies

Chapter.  11988 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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