The Extrovert Self: Body, Place and Perception in Autoblographlcal Presentations

The purpose of the project is to analyse the appearance of the body and its perceptive faculties in autobiography and other related
forms from the 19th century up to our age.

Contemporary self-representation leans heavily on an lntrospective strategy, which
reveals an lndlvidualistic dimension, weakening every effort to establish a self which defines itself in the intaraction with society and through a temporal, historical dimension. The embodied self in this individualistic self-representation is something seen, an object of exposure.

Our aim is to trace the embodied self as it appears in the historicising/sociologising tradition, which runs parall el to the introspective tradition. In the historicising tradition the represented self is conceived of as a perceiving self, interacting with and participsting in the affairs of the world and with others. Contrary to the introspective tradition, where the self turns to itself and primarily draws attention to itself, the historicising and sociologised self, the extrovert self, bear witness to an ethical responsibility towards the other and to the
ideological and political consequences of this participation in the world, revealing an interest that goes beyond the individual.


Ingemar Haag, senior lecturer