Essays on life writing : from genre to critical practice / edited by Marlene Kadar.
- Toronto, [Ontario] ; Buffalo, [New York] ; London, [England] : University of Toronto Press, 1992.
- Theory/culture series.
Theory / Culture
1 online resource (244 p.)
- Autobiography -- Women authors.
Autobiographical fiction -- History and criticism.
Women -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Literature, Modern -- History and criticism.
Women and literature.
Self in literature.
- Electronic books.
- Life writing is the most flexible and open term available for autobiographical fragments and other kinds of autobiographical-seeming texts. It includes the conventional genres of autobiography, journals, memoirs, letters, testimonies, and metafiction, and in earlier definitions it included biography. It is a way of seeing literary and other texts that neither objectifies nor subjectifies the nature of a particular cultural truth.Marlene Kadar has brought together an interdisciplinary and comparative collection of critical and theoretical essays by diverse Canadian scholars, most of whom are women engaged in larger projects in life writing or in archival research. In the more practical pieces the author has discerned a pattern in autobiographical text, or subtext, that has come to revolutionize the life, the critic’s approach, or the discipline itself. In the theoretical pieces, authors make cogent proposals to view a body of literature in a new way, often in order to incorporate feminist visions or humanistic interpretations.The contributors represent a broad range of scholars from disciplines within the humanities and beyond. Collectively they provide an impressive overview of a growing field of scholarship.
Coming to Terms: Life Writing - from Genre to Critical Practice
Introduction to Part One
1. 'Life out of Art': Elizabeth Smart's Early Journals
2. Between the Lines: Marian Engel's Cahiers and Notebooks
3. Anna Jameson's Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada as Epistolary Dijournal
4. Writing as a Daughter: Autobiography in Wollstonecraft's Travelogue
Introduction to Part Two
5. Court Testimony from the Past: Self and Culture in the Making of Text
6. Agostino Bonamore and the Secret Pigeon
7. Anthropological Lives: The Reflexive Tradition in a Social Science
Introduction to Part Three
8. 'I Peel Myself out of My Own Skin': Reading Don't; A Woman's Word
9. Whose Life Is It Anyway? Out of the Bathtub and into the Narrative
10. Reading Reflections: The Autobiographical Illusion in Cat's Eye
11. Dreaming a True Story: The Disenchantment of the Hero in Don Quixote, Part 2
Introduction to Part Four
12. Mimesis: The Dramatic Lineage of Auto/Biography
13. Autobiography: From Different Poetics to a Poetics of Differences
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Includes bibliographical references.
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- Kadar, Marlene, 1950- editor.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.3138/9781442674615 doi
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