Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories, Methods

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Tess Cosslett, Celia Lury, Penny Summerfield, Routledge
Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 265 pages

Featuring essays by leading feminist scholars from a variety of disciplines, this key text explores the latest developments in autobiographical studies.

The collection is structured around the inter-linked concepts of genre, inter-subjectivity and memory. Whilst exemplifying the very different levels of autobiographical activity going on in feminist studies, the contributions chart a movement from autobiography as genre to autobiography as cultural practice, and from the analysis of autobiographical texts to a preoccupation with autobiography as method.

 

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Contents

stories of another self
25
From selfmade women to womens madeselves? Audit
40
Textualisation of the self and gender identity in the lifestory
61
a discussion of Sylvia Plaths
76
PART II
89
audience identity and self in black womens
107
autobiographical inheritance
128
Matrilineal narratives revisited
141
narratives of Caribbean migrant women
154
slavery and AfricanAmerican womens
169
telling lifestories
183
Autobiographical times
201
Circa 1959
220
Autobiography and the actual course of things
241
Index
257
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