Autobiography / Edition 1

Autobiography / Edition 1

by Linda Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415186358

ISBN-13: 9780415186353

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"This volume provides a wide-ranging introduction to the study of autobiography." "In examining the historical tradition of the genre, Linda Anderson ranges across canonical and non-canonical texts and looks closely at twentieth-century women's writing, black and postcolonial writing. She explores the ideological assumptions about the nature of the self that underlie…  See more details below

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"This volume provides a wide-ranging introduction to the study of autobiography." "In examining the historical tradition of the genre, Linda Anderson ranges across canonical and non-canonical texts and looks closely at twentieth-century women's writing, black and postcolonial writing. She explores the ideological assumptions about the nature of the self that underlie autobiographical writing, particularly in the light of recent feminist, psychoanalytic and poststructuralist criticism. As well as providing a comprehensive introduction to the forms and uses of the genre, this volume introduces the crucial questions of identity, selfhood, language and writing which lie at the heart of the related critical investigations." "This comprehensive and challenging guide is the ideal starting-point for all readers interested in autobiography."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415186353
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
New Critical Idiom Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Historians of the Self18
Saint Augustine's Confessions18
Non-conforming Selves: John Bunyan's Grace Abounding27
Serial Selves: James Boswell and Hester Thrale33
Sublime Egos: Rousseau and Wordsworth43
2Subjectivity, Representation and Narrative60
Freud's Unconscious60
Barthes' Autobiographical Signs70
Derrida and the Traces of Autobiography79
Feminism and Poststructuralism86
3Other Subjects92
Gender, Modernism and Autobiography92
Locating Difference102
Landscape for a Good Woman110
Postcolonial Subjects114
4Practising Autobiography121
Personal Criticism121
Testimonies126
Glossary134
Bibliography142
Index150

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