Serge Doubrovsky

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Serge Doubrovsky
Born 22 May 1928
Paris, France
Died 23 March 2017
Paris, France
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure
Occupation Author, theorist
Children Renee,Cathy
Relatives Marc Weitzmann (cousin)

Julien Serge Doubrovsky (22 May 1928, Paris – 23 March 2017, Paris) was a French writer and 1989 Prix Médicis winner for Le Livre brisé. He is also a critical theorist, and the inventor of "autofiction".

Early life[edit]

Julien Doubrovsky was born on 22 May 1928 in Paris.[1][2] His father was a tailor and his mother was a secretary.[2] His family was Jewish; in 1943, in the midst of World War II, they fled Le Vésinet and hid with a cousin.[2]

Doubrovsky graduated from the École Normale Supérieure, and he earned the agrégation in English in 1949.[1][2] He subsequently earned a PhD in French Literature.[2]


Doubrovsky became a Professor of French Literature at New York University in 1966.[2] He subsequently taught at Harvard University, Smith College and Brandeis University.[1] He retired in 2010.[2]

Along with publishing seven volumes of autobiography, he was known as a critical theorist.[3] He coined the term 'autofiction', which has now entered the French dictionary.[3]


Doubrovsky resided in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.[4] He died on 23 March 2017 in Paris.[1][4]


  • Le jour S, 1963.
  • Corneille et la Dialectique du héros, 1963.
  • Pourquoi la nouvelle critique : critique et objectivité, 1966.
  • La Dispersion, 1969.
  • La place de la madeleine : écriture et fantasme chez Proust, Mercure de France 1974.
  • Fils, 1977.
  • Parcours critique, 1980.
  • Un amour de soi, 1982.
  • La vie l'instant, 1985.
  • Autobiographiques : de Corneille à Sartre, 1988.
  • Le livre brisé, 1989.
  • L'après-vivre 1994.
  • Laissé pour conte, 1999.
  • Parcours critique 2, 2006
  • Un homme de passage, 2011.


  1. ^ a b c d Heliot, Armelle (March 24, 2017). "Adieu à Serge Doubrovsky, inventeur de "l'autofiction"". Le Figaro. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Contat, Michel (23 March 2017). "Mort de l'écrivain Serge Doubrovsky". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b University of Leicester
  4. ^ a b Caviglioli, David (March 23, 2017). "Mort de Serge Doubrovsky, père de l'autofiction". L'Obs. Retrieved March 27, 2017.