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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.

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.

Memory S Stories

Author : Thomas V. McGovern
ISBN : 0761837639
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Memory's Stories is an interdisciplinary analysis of multicultural life narratives. The author created an innovative schema to evaluate classic and contemporary texts, synthesizing theoretical perspectives from psychology, literary theory, feminist and multicultural studies. The schema is based on his fifteen years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, such as "Multicultural Autobiographies" and "Psychology, Multicultural Narratives and Religion."

Southern Folklore

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ISBN : UCSC:32106011341382
Genre : Southern States
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The Deaf History Reader

Author : John V. Van Cleve
ISBN : 1563683598
Genre : History
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This volume presents an assembly of essays that together offer a remarkably vivid depiction of the varied Deaf experience in America.

Applied Linguistics

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ISBN : UCAL:B5043570
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The Beat Generation Authors I Z

Author : Lynn Marie Zott
ISBN : 0787675725
Genre : American literature
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This volume, covering authors I-Z, includes entries on fifteen major literary figures associated with the Beat Generation movement.

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.

Memoirs Of The Soul

Author : Nan Phifer
ISBN : 1582970807
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 35. 63 MB
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Memoirs of the Soul teaches readers how to write about the times of wonder in their lives, the sources of their strength, their creativity, resilience and moments of personal transformation. Unlike traditional memoir writing, which focuses on retelling the events of one's life, this book will help readers recognize and explore the spiritual aspects of themselves--their inner lives, their creativity and resilience. Although the word spiritual means different things to different people, Phifer associates it with times when readers have experienced particular states of grace, mercy, compassion, reverence, awe and intuitive knowing--a connection to someone or something. Designed to be used by groups in a classroom setting as well as by individuals, Memoirs of the Soul leads readers through a process of self-exploration, resulting in a personal document to be shared with loved ones or published for all to enjoy. Books on memoir writing and spirituality are big sellers, especially among women and older readers. Some of the biggest sales in recent years have been racked up by books that reflect a uniquely contemporary search for...a personal spirituality. --Publishers Weekly Today, more than ever before...vast numbers of people are eager to spill the most minute details of their lives. For most, there is a desire to create a permanent record of their experiences and leave a legacy for their family. --Time Nan Phifer has taught memoir-writing workshops and creative writing throughout the Northwest. the author of Writing Your Life: Developing Skills Through Life Story Writing and Writing for the Workplace, Phifer currently teaches a workshop entitled Writing the Spiritual Memoir through the Lane Literary Guild. She was Associate Director of the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Narrative Gerontology

Author : Gary M. Kenyon
ISBN : 0826113893
Genre : Social Science
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Narrative gerontology focuses on the possibilities of the "life as story" metaphor in the field of aging. Effectively integrating theory, research, and practice, this volume emphasizes the ways narrative approaches such as guided autobiography and life review can be incorporated into practice. The goal is to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for older adults, especially those with chronic illness and those near the end of their lives. Professionals within the fields of gerontology, social work, counseling, family therapy, nursing, medicine, and occupational therapy will all find valuable insights on how to incorporate narrative approaches into their work. Book jacket.

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