Autobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Women's Self-Representation

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"Autobiographics is a perceptive, comprehensive reflection on the theory of autobiography and on the innovative practices of women's personal writing in the United States."—Raylene Ramsay, University of Auckland, French Review, April 1996

"Gilmore gracefully manages to incorporate the insights of poststructuralist literary theory to reveal the shaping influences of language and discourse without ever losing sight of the importance of stories and our ability to retell them."—Rebecca Dakin Quinn, City University of New York, Graduate School and University Center, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801480614
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Reading Women Writing Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A Map for Getting Lost 1
1 Autobiographics 16
Self-Representation: Instabilities in Gender, Genre, and Identity 16
Interruptions 41
2 Technologies of Autobiography 65
Figuring (Out) Identity: Representing "Realism" 65
Autobiographics and Naming 86
3 Policing Truth 106
Lying So Near the Truth 106
Autobiography and Its Authorities 120
4 Genders, Bodies, Identities 131
Representing Gender in Medieval Mysticism 131
A Lover's Discourse: Identity/Body Politics in Self-Representation 148
5 Violence and Self-Representation 163
Rhetorical Violence, Gender, and the Representation of Identity 163
Guerrilla Autobiographics 185
6 A Signature of Lesbian Autobiography 199
Coupling the Signature: Lesbian Representation and the Discourse of Autobiography 199
Circulations: Posing, Portraits, and Gifts 212
Conclusion 224
Confessional Subjects? Feminist Discourses of Truth and Identity 224
Bibliography 241
Index 251
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