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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 ...
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Autobiography

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Overview

"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203181652
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/22/2001
  • Series: The New Critical Idiom Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 273 KB

Meet the Author

Linda Anderson is Professor of Modern English and American Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her recent publications include Women and Autobiography in the Twentieth Century (1997), Women's Lives/Women's Times (edited with Trev Broughton, 1996) and Territories of Desire in Queer Culture (edited with David Alderson, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Historians of the Self 18
Saint Augustine's Confessions 18
Non-conforming Selves: John Bunyan's Grace Abounding 27
Serial Selves: James Boswell and Hester Thrale 33
Sublime Egos: Rousseau and Wordsworth 43
2 Subjectivity, Representation and Narrative 60
Freud's Unconscious 60
Barthes' Autobiographical Signs 70
Derrida and the Traces of Autobiography 79
Feminism and Poststructuralism 86
3 Other Subjects 92
Gender, Modernism and Autobiography 92
Locating Difference 102
Landscape for a Good Woman 110
Postcolonial Subjects 114
4 Practising Autobiography 121
Personal Criticism 121
Testimonies 126
Glossary 134
Bibliography 142
Index 150
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