Autobiography and Postmodernism

Autobiography and Postmodernism


Edited by Kathleen M. Ashley, Edited by Leigh Gilmore, Edited by Gerald Peters

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  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 230mm x 32mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Massachusetts
  • ISBN 10: 087023899X
  • ISBN 13: 9780870238994

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Exploring the connections between autobiography and postmodernism, this book addresses self-representation in a variety of literatures - Native American, British, Chicana, immigrant, and lesbian, among others - in genres as diverse as poetry, naming, 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 theorise 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 other locations.

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