, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 25–33 | Cite as

Stereotypes in Autobiographical Reading

  • István Dobos


The objective of the paper is to investigate the role of stereotypes in the interpretation of literary genres in general and in the interpretation of autobiographies in particular. It aims to do so, first, from a theoretical aspect, considering the various concepts available concerning the genre of autobiography and, second, with the help of the specific analyses of individual literary works, with special emphasis on Péter Esterházy's Celestial Harmonies. According to the theoretical premise of the study, it is only in relation to stereotypes responsible for precursory anticipations in the readers that a new literary piece is able to debunk and re-create the concepts of text creation and reception. In this sense, stereotypy is one of the factors that guarantee the continuity of literature through its intermittent and cyclic quality.


Specific Analysis Theoretical Aspect Comparative Literature Literary Work Literary Genre 
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