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Att hitta och utforska: Om Damien Echols autobiografi Life After Death
Dalarna University, School of Education and Humanities, Comparative Literature.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the autobiography of Damien Echols. The autobiographical subject, Echols, depicts his life as a marginalized youth during the nineteen seventies and nineteen eighties in Arkansas, USA. It also explores the years that Echols spent on Death Row after having been arrested along with two other youths for the murder of three eight-year-old boys; a crime all three of the accused denied having committed. In 2011, after eighteen years of incarceration, the three now grown up men were released from prison. The author of this paper discusses biography and especially autobiography as a genre and explores to what extent memories represent the actual life the autobiographical subject, Echols, has lived and if memories are or can be truthful. In order to find the underlying meanings of the autobiography, the author of this paper uses as a starting-point a psychoanalytic approach towards Echol’s text. Key terms that will undergo a more close inspection are horror, water and home. This paper concludes with the notion that autobiographical objective truth does not exist.

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2014. , 28 p.
Keyword [sv]
Biografi, Autobiografi, Damien Echols, USA, Arkansas, Fängelser, Psykoanalys, Trailer Parks, Dödsstraff
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13663OAI: diva2:692994
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-02-03 Last updated: 2014-02-07Bibliographically approved

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