Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories, Methods

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This book features essays by leading feminist scholars from a variety of disciplines on the latest developments in autobiographical studies. The collection is structured around the concepts of genre, inter-subjectivity and memory.

"here is an unusually incisive and well-written anthology, covering many of the complexities inherent in women's memories. For me, the analysis of feminists' accounts of their mothers, their reality versus fiction, their evidence of resentment and distortion were especially compelling, original and insightful. I highly recommend this collection." --Carolyn Heilbrun, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415232012
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Transformations Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Genre 1. Enforced narratives: stories of another self Carolyn Steedman 2. From 'self-made women' to 'women's made-selves'? Audit selves, simulation and surveillance in the rise of public woman Liz Stanley 3. Texualization of the self and gender identity in the life-story Marie-Francoise Chanfrault-Duchet 4. Extending autobiography: a discussion of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Mary Evans Part II Intersubjectivity 5. Dis/composing the subject: intersubjectivities in oral history Penny Summerfield 6. Spellbound: audience, identity and self in black women's narrative discourse Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis 7. Our mother's daughters: autobiographical inheritance through stories of gender and class Sarah Scott and Sue Scott 8. Matrilineal narratives revisited Tess Cosslett 9. The global self: narratives of Caribbean migrant women Mary Chamberlain Part III Memory 10. Subjects-in-time: slavery and African-American women's autobiographies Alison Easton 11. Memory frames: the role of concepts and cognition in telling life-stories Magda Michielsens 12. Autobiographical times Susannah Radstone 13. Circa 1959 Nancy K. Miller Part IV Autobiography matters 14. Auto/biography and the actual course of things Trev Broughton 15. Doing Sym/Bio/Graphy with Yasna Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes 16. Bringing it home: autobiography and contradiction Ruth McElroy Index
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