Autobiographical Inscriptions: Form, Personhood, and the American Woman Writer of Color [NOOK Book]

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Autobiographical Inscriptions contributes a theory of autobiography by women writers of color to this lively repositioning of auto-biography studies. Barbara Rodriguez breaks new ground in the field with a discussion of the ways in which innovations of form and structure bolster the arguments for personhood articulated by Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Leslie Marmon Silko, Adrienne Kennedy, and Cecile Pineda.
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Autobiographical Inscriptions: Form, Personhood, and the American Woman Writer of Color

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Overview

Autobiographical Inscriptions contributes a theory of autobiography by women writers of color to this lively repositioning of auto-biography studies. Barbara Rodriguez breaks new ground in the field with a discussion of the ways in which innovations of form and structure bolster the arguments for personhood articulated by Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Leslie Marmon Silko, Adrienne Kennedy, and Cecile Pineda.
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"An incisive performance. With authority and a pungent critical eye, Barbara Rodriguez explores and contrasts the circuitous paths of women's autobiography springing from different cultural milieus. Like Diego Velazquez's "Maja" paintings, she looks at women looking at themselves in the mirror while the public observes. The result is a game of reflections that gives a dramatic revaluation of the word "face" and an important addition to gender and identity studies."-Ilan Stavans
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195352573
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/1999
  • Series: W. E. B. Du Bois Institute Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 932 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Rodríguez is an assistant professor of African-American Literature at Tufts University. Born in Socorro, Texas, she was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Autobiography: Strategies and Structures 3
1 "Everybody's Zora": Visions, Setting, and Voice in Dust Tracks on a Road 21
2 Commodities That Speak: Form and Transformation in Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 50
3 In One Voice: Autobiographical Acts in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and Hisaye Yamamoto's "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara" 96
4 People Made of Words: Identity and Identification in Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller and Adrienne Kennedy's People Who Led to My Plays 137
Conclusion: Making Face, Making Race: Prosopopoeia, Autobiography, and Identity Construction in Cecile Pineda's Face 177
Notes 205
Selected Bibliography 211
Index 221
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