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Disclosure in biographically-based fiction : the challenges of writing narratives based on true life stories

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Donna Brien
As the distinction between disclosure-fuelled celebrity and lasting fame becomes difficult to discern, the “based on a true story” label has gained a particular traction among readers and viewers. This is despite much public approbation and private angst sometimes resulting from such disclosure as “little in the law or in society protects people from the consequences of others’ revelations about them” (Smith 537). Even fiction writers can stray into difficult ethical and artistic territory when they disclose the private facts of real lives—that is, recognisably biographical information—in their work, with autoethnographic fiction where authors base their fiction on their own lives (Davis and Ellis) not immune as this often discloses others’ stories (Ellis) as well.

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Volume

12

Issue

5

Start Page

1

End Page

9

Number of Pages

9

ISSN

1441-2616

Location

Brisbane, Qld

Publisher

University of Queensland

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC); Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

M

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CQUniversity

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