Telling Women's Lives: Subject/Narrator/Reader/Text

Telling Women's Lives: Subject/Narrator/Reader/Text

by Judy Long
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814750745

ISBN-13: 9780814750742

Pub. Date: 05/01/1999

Publisher: New York University Press

For centuries, the "great man" format and masculine discourse of biography and autobiography have eclipsed women. If we accept this history, we remain ignorant of "Lady Sarashina," a Japanese woman of the Han period, whose book survives from the 11th century. We overlook Margaret Cavendish and Dame Julian, two early English autobiographers. And we fail to consider…  See more details below

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For centuries, the "great man" format and masculine discourse of biography and autobiography have eclipsed women. If we accept this history, we remain ignorant of "Lady Sarashina," a Japanese woman of the Han period, whose book survives from the 11th century. We overlook Margaret Cavendish and Dame Julian, two early English autobiographers. And we fail to consider sufficiently slave narratives, oral histories, or lesbian "coming out" stories.

Telling Women's Lives assesses existing traditions of autobiography and biography in search of a method capable of conveying the distinctive content of women's lives while retaining the tenor of feminine subjectivity. Drawing on feminist research methodologies of the past two decades as well as anthropology and sociology, Long paves the way for the formulation of an emergent feminist methodology for telling women's lives.

This highly original study seeks to revise and recreate the genre so as to accommodate a feminine discourse, narrator, reader, and subject. The "messiness" of women's lives-the daily work and detail that men have programmatically excluded-acquires new meaning as Long develops here an innovative theory of sociobiography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814750742
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Series:
Feminist Crosscurrents Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Telling Women's Lives1
2Gender and Genre15
3Scribbling Women27
4Translating Darkness45
5The Second Person in Social Science59
6Sociological Life History73
7Feminist Biography101
8A Feminist Approach to Telling Women's Lives117
Notes135
Bibliography159
Index179
About the Author185

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