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date: 14 October 2019

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Starting with Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the chapter argues that the mimetic concept of portraiture is disturbed at the fin de siècle as it becomes increasingly subjectivized: portraits come to be read as autobiographical; as expressing the artist as well as the sitter. It explores two literary experiments with portraiture: Pater’s variations on the idea of the ‘Imaginary Portrait’; and William Hale White’s creation in The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford of a self-portrait by an imaginary author (who is also in many ways a self-portrait). These and other texts are read as examples of what Stephen Reynolds termed (in 1906) ‘autobiografiction’: a paradigm for a vital strand of modern literature.

Keywords: life writing, imaginary portrait, self-portrait, autobiography, fictionalized authorship, autobiografiction, Wilde, Pater, Mark Rutherford

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