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I am having a very difficult time finding research about a specific topic for my critical research paper in Seminar to Literary Studies!

I am writing about EM Forster and his writing style. More specifically, I want to see how he used "self-insertion" in his novels (specifically Howards End and A Passage to India). I am trying to research "self-insertion" but I cannot find ANYTHING. Is there another term for an author who obscurely puts himself into the novel to reveal underlying thoughts and ideas about the author? And where can I find more information about this topic, and ideally this topic in relation to Forster?
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Thank you for your question. In regards to alternative terms for "self-insertion". I have found the related concepts of "author surrogate" and "literary surrogate" and in a larger context "autobiographical novel" and "autobiographical fiction". There are some helpful descriptions on the Internet. However, if you look for those, I would limit my search to educational sites, e.g., a Google search for self-insertion literary device site:.edu. Additionally, please review the following sections in A Glossary of Literary Terms: Biography, Novel, and Persona, Tone, and Voice". This book is in our reference section 803, Ab 7 g, 6th ed. Additionally, here are some examples from Literature Resource Center. I had to take "interest" out and search "self" and person E.M. Forster. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Literature Resource Center
Colmer, John. "E. M. Forster: Overview." Reference Guide to English Literature. Ed. D. L. Kirkpatrick. 2nd ed. Chicago: St. James Press, 1991. Literature Resource Center. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.
 
 
"Overview: A Passage to India." Literature and Its TimesProfiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them. Joyce Moss and George Wilson. Vol. 3: Growth of Empires to the Great Depression (1890-1930s). Detroit: Gale, 1997. Literature Resource Center. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.
 
 
Furbank, Philip Nicholas. "Battle versus work." Spectator 4 Oct. 2003: 44+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.
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