Autobiography and Postmodernism / Edition 1

Autobiography and Postmodernism / Edition 1

by Kathleen Ashley, Leigh Gilmore, Gerald Peters
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870239007

ISBN-13: 9780870239007

Pub. Date: 05/12/1994

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Exploring the connections between autobiography and postmodernism, this book addresses self-representation in a variety of literature -- Native American, British, Chicana, immigrant, and lesbian, among others -- in genres as diverse as poetry, naming, and confession, photography, and the manifesto. The essays examine how different writers respond to the culturally

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Exploring the connections between autobiography and postmodernism, this book addresses self-representation in a variety of literature -- Native American, British, Chicana, immigrant, and lesbian, among others -- in genres as diverse as poetry, naming, and confession, photography, and the manifesto. The essays examine how different writers respond to the culturally specific pressures of genre, how these constraints are negotiated, and what self-representation reveals about the politics of identity.

In contrast to those critics of postmodernism who fear the dissolution of the active subject, the contributors here demonstrate that autobiography gives postmodernism a discourse through which to theorize human agency. The autobiographical subject that emerges is not the decentered human agent of so many versions of postmodernism but the producer of texts that call attention to the contradictions in dominant modes of self-representation and demonstrate the possibilities of writing from from other locations.

Contributors are Betty Bergland, Andrei Codrescu, Michael M. J. Fischer, Leigh Gilmore, David P. Haney, Paul Jay, Shirley Neuman, Christopher Ortiz, Sidonie Smith, Kirsten Wasson, and Hertha D. Wong.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870239007
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
05/12/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
The Mark of Autobiography: Postmodernism, Autobiography, and Genre3
Adding to My Life21
The Politics of Genre in Carmen Martin Gaite's Back Room33
Policing Truth: Confession, Gender, and Autobiographical Authority54
Autobiographical Voices (1, 2, 3) and Mosaic Memory: Experimental Sondages in the (Post)modern World79
Postmodernism and the Autobiographical Subject: Reconstructing the "Other"130
A Geography of Conversion: Dialogical Boundaries of Self in Antin's Promised Land167
Posing: Autobiography and the Subject of Photography191
Plains Indian Names and "the Autobiographical Act"212
Nuptial Interruptions: Autobiographical Boundaries in Wordsworth's "Farewell"240
Identity's Body266
"An appearance walking in a forest the sexes burn": Autobiography and the Construction of the Feminine Body293
Notes on Contributors317

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