Women's Autobiographies, Culture, Feminismby Kristi Siegel
Using an approach that links feminist, psychoanalytic, and cultural theory, Dr. Siegel examines how the figure of the mother becomes a site of textual turbulence in women's autobiography as well as an underexamined metaphor in modern culture and feminism. Women's Autobiographies, Culture, Feminism analyzes writings from a wide array of authors including Simone de Beauvoir, Nathalie Sarraute, Annie Dillard, Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Erma Bombeck, Betty MacDonald, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alta, Nancy Mairs, Anne Roiphe, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, and Hélène Cixous.
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Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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The Author: Kristi Siegel is Associate Professor in the English department at Mount Mary College in Wisconsin and also works as a writer. She received her M.A. in Literature and Ph.D. in Modern Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has published and presented various articles on postmodern, feminist, and autobiographical theory, women's autobiography, medicine, technology, and British Imperialism.
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This book covers a wide spectrum of issues: women's autobiographical theory, feminist theory, and cultural theory. I particularly liked the diverse array of women autobiographers presented (the selections included more traditional women autobiographers along with those from popular culture). The book presents the material clearly without resorting to jargon.