A Study on the Establishment of the Autobiographical literature(自傳文學) term
This paper discusses the validity of the terms, “Auto-biography (自傳)” and “Autobiographical Literature (自傳文學)” and proposes to use them as conceptual terms for the autobiographical narrative of Chinese literature.
First, we comprehensively considered and compared its etymology, concepts, usage, and categories, using the words “Autobiography (自敍傳)” and “Auto-biography (自傳),” which are used most commonly by researchers. Thus, based on the tradition of terms, acceptability, flexibility, and universal usage in East Asia, we determined that it is more reasonable to use the word Auto-biography (自傳) than Autobiography (自敍傳).
Next, we discussed the words “Self-Narrative (自己敍事)” and “Autobiographical Literature,” both of which comprehensively refer to the various writing styles of the recently expanding autobiography. “Self-Narrative” has the advantage of being able to cover all self-writing styles of Auto-biography (自傳), essays, letters, and diaries, but in reality, it is a different autobiographical writing style. Self-Narrative is an over-expanding interpretation of the concept and type of autobiography.
However, “Autobiographical Literature (自傳文學)” follows the basic nature of Auto-biography(自傳) and has the advantage of being able to cover various styles due to the wide literary nature of Chinese literature. Therefore, it is appropriate as an advanced term for Auto-biography (自傳). Moreover, the term Auto-biography(自傳) is used in the same sense as modern Autobiography(自敍傳), and given the current tendency to understand autobiography as literary text, the term Autobiographical Literature(自傳文學) can be used sufficiently in modern literature.