Autobiography & Postmodernism

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Kathleen M. Ashley, Leigh Gilmore, Gerald Peters
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1994 - Всего страниц: 318
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Exploring the connections between autobiography and postmodernism, this book addresses self-representation in a variety of literature -- Native American, British, Chicana, immigrant, and lesbian, among others -- in genres as diverse as poetry, naming, and confession, photography, and the manifesto. The essays examine how different writers respond to the culturally specific pressures of genre, how these constraints are negotiated, and what self-representation reveals about the politics of identity.

In contrast to those critics of postmodernism who fear the dissolution of the active subject, the contributors here demonstrate that autobiography gives postmodernism a discourse through which to theorize human agency. The autobiographical subject that emerges is not the decentered human agent of so many versions of postmodernism but the producer of texts that call attention to the contradictions in dominant modes of self-representation and demonstrate the possibilities of writing from from other locations.

Contributors are Betty Bergland, Andrei Codrescu, Michael M. J. Fischer, Leigh Gilmore, David P. Haney, Paul Jay, Shirley Neuman, Christopher Ortiz, Sidonie Smith, Kirsten Wasson, and Hertha D. Wong.

 

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Postmodernism Autobiography and Genre
3
Adding to My Life
21
The Politscs of Genre in Carmen Martin Gaites BACK ROOM
33
Confession Gender and Autobiographical Authority
54
Experimental Sondages in the Postmodern World
79
Reconstructing the Other
130
Dialogical Boundaries of Self in Antins PROMISED LAND
167
Autobiography and the Subject of Photography
191
Plains Indian Names and the Autobiographical Act
212
Autobiographical Boundaries in Wordsworths Farewell
240
Identitys Body
266
Autobiography and the Construction of the Feminine Body
293
Notes on Contributors
317
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Kathleen Ashley, Leigh Gilmore, and Gerald Peters are all professors of English at the University of Southern Maine.

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