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When Memory Speaks

Author : Jill Ker Conway
ISBN : 9780307797230
Genre : Literary Criticism
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J ill Ker Conway, one of our most admired autobiographers--author of The Road from Coorain and True North--looks astutely and with feeling into the modern memoir: the forms and styles it assumes, and the strikingly different ways in which men and women respectively tend to understand and present their lives. In a narrative rich with evocations of memoirists over the centuries--from Jean-Jacques Rousseau and George Sand to W. E. B. Du Bois, Virginia Woolf, Frank McCourt and Katharine Graham--the author suggests why it is that we are so drawn to the reading of autobiography, and she illuminates the cultural assumptions behind the ways in which we talk about ourselves. Conway traces the narrative patterns typically found in autobiographies by men to the tale of the classical Greek hero and his epic journey of adventure. She shows how this configuration evolved, in memoirs, into the passionate romantic struggling against the conventions of society, into the frontier hero battling the wilderness, into self-made men overcoming economic obstacles to create an invention or a fortune--or, more recently, into a quest for meaning, for an understandable past, for an ethnic identity. In contrast, she sees the designs that women commonly employ for their memoirs as evolving from the writings of the mystics--such as Dame Julian of Norwich or St. Teresa of Avila--about their relationship with an all-powerful God. As against the male autobiographer's expectation of power over his fate, we see the woman memoirist again and again believing that she lacks command of her destiny, and tending to censor her own story. Throughout, Conway underlines the memoir's magic quality of allowing us to enter another human being's life and mind--and how this experience enlarges and instructs our own lives.

Memoir Ethics

Author : Mike W. Martin
ISBN : 9781498533669
Genre : Philosophy
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Memoir Ethics: Good Lives and the Virtues is a philosophical study of moral themes in memoirs. It explores how memoirists present and defend perspectives on good lives. Particular attention is paid to the interplay of the virtues, including their interplay with additional (nonmoral) types of values in good lives. More generally, it explores the relevance of memoir to moral philosophy and, in turn, how moral philosophy enters into elucidating and critiquing memoirs.

Subject Guide To Books In Print 2000 2001

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ISBN : 0835243281
Genre : Bibliography, National
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Tracing The Autobiographical

Author : Marlene Kadar
ISBN : 0889204764
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Annotation Essays analyze the autobiographical impulse in variety of contexts, genres, and locations to reveal the intersections of personal revelation with vital modern and historical events.

This Stubborn Self

Author : Bert Almon
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173008345770
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Chinese In America

Author : Susie Lan Cassel
ISBN : UOM:39015054436889
Genre : History
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This new collection of essays demonstrates how a politics of polarity have defined the 150-year experience of Chinese immigration in America. Chinese-Americans have been courted as model workers by American business, but also continue to be perceived as perpetual foreigners. The contributors offer engrossing accounts of the lives of immigrants, their tenacity, their diverse lifeways, from the arrival of the first Chinese gold miners in 1849 into the present day. The 21st century begins as a uniquely Pacific Century in the Americas, with an increasingly large presence of Asians in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The book will be a valuable resource on the Asian immigrant experience for researchers and students in Chinese American studies, Asian American history, immigration studies, and American history.

Centro De Estudios Puertorrique Os

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ISBN : UOM:39015074928816
Genre : Puerto Ricans
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Girls Who Wore Black

Author : Ronna Johnson
ISBN : UOM:39015054417053
Genre : Literary Criticism
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What do we know about the women who played an important role in creating the literature of the Beat Generation? Until recently, very little. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs have come to typify this iconoclastic cold war -- and nearly completely masculine -- scene. Studies of the movement have effaced or excluded women writers, such as Elise Cowen, Joyce Johnson, Joanne Kyger, Hettie Jones, and Diane Di Prima, each one a significant figure of the postwar Beat communities. Equally free-thinking and innovative as the founding generation of men, women writers, fluent in Beat, hippie, and women's movement idioms, partook of and bridged two important countercultures of the American mid-century. Persistently foregrounding female experiences in the cold war 1950s and in the counterculture 1960s and in every decade up to the millennium, women writing Beat have brought nonconformity, skepticism, and gender dissent to postmodern culture and literary production in the United States and beyond.The contributors to Girls Who Wore Black fill the gap in critical consideration of women writers of the Beat Generation and evaluate their lives and literary output, helping us to appreciate their unique, diverse voices during a dynamic moment of profound and far-reaching cultural change. The text is enhanced with photographs and a selected bibliography for each featured writer.

With Courage And Common Sense

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN : UVA:X004701778
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"This book presents an extensive selection of memoirs from the OWL Circle project. Organized thematically, they describe women's experiences of identity, place, work, family life, love and marriage, loss and healing, adventures great and small, major historical events and legacies to keep and pass along. " from book cover.

The Spinster And The Prophet

Author : A. B. McKillop
ISBN : WISC:89072667207
Genre : History
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This work discusses the case of Florence Deeks who claimed to have had herork plagiarized by H.G. Wells. The book examines a woman's place in history,nd a dauntless and farsighted heroine determined not just on recognition forer own literary effort, but for the achievement of all women.

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