Acts of Narrative Resistance: Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Americas

Acts of Narrative Resistance: Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Americas

by Laura J. Beard

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813928630
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: New World Studies
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laura J. Beard is Professor and Chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Texas Tech University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Addressing the Self: Autobiographical Metafiction 11

1 The Mirrored Self: Helena Parente Cunha's women between Mirrors 15

2 The Self Exile: Luisa Futoransky's Babelic Metatext 40

Part 2 From Self to Family to Nation: The Family Saga as an Autobiographical Genre 65

3 Re-membering the Nation by Remembering the Family: Ana Maríia Shua's The Book of Memories 72

4 The Autobiographical Text as Memory Box: Neéelida Piò's Thr Republic of Dreams 93

Part 3 Bearing Witness to the Self and the Community: Testimonial Works by Indigenous women 111

5 "The Life of Bobbi Lee Is about Why We Must Talk": Testimonial Literature as a Call to Action 121

6 "Part of Surviving Is through Remembering": The Ethics and Politics of Life Narratives about Indian Residential School Experiences 139

Conclusion 165

Notes 169

Works Cited 177

Index 195

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