'Drawing on contemporary documentary studies, affect theory and autobiography theory, I propose that the rise of autobiographical acts which use multiple media require autobiography scholars to expand our methods of reading to include attention to the communication and representation of the historical, social and semiotic conditions of identity and selfhood which exceed narrative representation. As the truism of ‘everyone having a story to tell’ permeates popular culture in the West, autobiography scholarship must remain attentive to the excesses that accompany uses of ‘story’ and its telling. This is particularly relevant when reading autobiographical acts produced outside the professionalpublishing industry, in online enviroments, in cimmunity arts and development projects, in subcultures, in the DIY spirit, in activist communities, and in the street. In these cases the ‘story’ may be the driving purpose for the text’s construction, but the materials drawn on to tell the story may often produce excess which troubles or complicated a narrative-focused reading, and which exceed the intention behind the narrative’s construction.'
Anna Poletti, 'Reading for Excess: Relational Autobiography, Affect and Popular Culture in Tarnation', Life Writing, 9(2)