My Generation; Collective Autobiography and Identity Politics

Overview

John Hazlett’s engaging and insightful study of writers from the 1960s demonstrates for the first time the ways in which the idea of the generation has affected autobiographical writing in this century. Exchanging “I” for “we,” autobiographers from the sixties claim to speak on behalf of all members of their generation. However, the extent to which each perspective accurately represents that generation’s beliefs, values, and goals will continually be contested by competing texts...

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Overview

John Hazlett’s engaging and insightful study of writers from the 1960s demonstrates for the first time the ways in which the idea of the generation has affected autobiographical writing in this century. Exchanging “I” for “we,” autobiographers from the sixties claim to speak on behalf of all members of their generation. However, the extent to which each perspective accurately represents that generation’s beliefs, values, and goals will continually be contested by competing texts and narratives.
    Writers whose work is addressed in My Generation include Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Michael Rossman, Dotson Rader, Raymond Mungo, Jane Alpert, John Bunzel, Peter Collier, David Horowitz, Joyce Maynard, David Harris, and Todd Gitlin.
    As Hazlett discovered, the stories these writers present are not simply straightforward accounts; instead, each is constructed with a specific political and personal agenda in an effort to define the generation’s identity and the writer’s own.

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John Downton Hazlett is associate professor of English at the University of New Orleans.  He taught as a Fulbright Lecturer at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and was visiting professor at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.  He has published essays on American literature and autobiography, book reviews, theater reviews, and articles on American film.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Generationalism and Collective Autobiography 3
2 An American Generational Autobiography: Collective Identity in Malcolm Cowley's Exile's Return 14
Cowley and Earlier Generational Thought 17
Generational Identity and the Emersonian Tradition 20
Generational Identity and Marxism 24
The Structure of Generational Conversion 27
3 Generational Autobiography as Annunciatory Narrative 37
Annunciatory Narrative as Manifesto: Students for a Democratic Society and The Port Huron Statement 40
Annunciatory Narrative as Myth: Abbie Hoffman's Revolution for the Hell of It 49
Annunciatory Narrative as Advertisement: Jerry Rubin's Do It! and We Are Everywhere 58
Annunciatory Narrative as Melodrama: Tom Hayden's Trial 67
Annunciatory Narrative as Prophecy: Michael Rossman's The Wedding within the War 72
4 Generational Autobiography as Reactive Narrative 83
Generational Disfigurement: Dotson Rader's I Ain't Marchin' Anymore! and Blood Dues 90
New Age Renunciation and the End of History: Raymond Mungo's Famous Long Ago and Total Loss Farm 107
Psychological Renunciation: Jane Alpert's Growing Up Underground 118
The God That Failed Revisited: John Bunzel's Political Passages and Peter Collier and David Horowitz's Second Thoughts and Destructive Generation 128
5 Generational Autobiography as Elegiac Narrative 151
Generational Geriatrics: Joyce Maynard's Looking Back 156
A Postrevolution Divorce Story: Michael Rossman's New Age Blues 165
Generational Nightmares: David Harris' Dreams Die Hard 170
Exile's Return Revisited: Tom Hayden's Reunion 177
A Tale of Two Sixties: Todd Gitlin's The Sixties 186
Epilogue: Autobiography as Generational Dialogue 197
Notes 215
Bibliography 234
Index 243
Titles in Wisconsin Studies in American Autobiography 265
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