Authoring a Life : A Woman's Survival In and Through Literary Studies
Authoring a Life illustrates how language often plays an important part in many a victim's struggle to survive the debilitating effects of father-daughter incest. For example, reading may serve as therapy, enabling a survivor to confront rather that repress painful memories, and writing may help a survivor to recover a sense of authoring both her texts and her life. The book argues that, despite the current backlash against survivor stories, language arts teachers must develop effective pedagogies for teaching father-daughter incest narratives.
- Paperback | 267 pages
- 148.08 x 224.03 x 16.51mm | 381g
- 01 Apr 1998
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"This book is brave, beautiful, and practical and offers readers suggestions as well as cautionary tales for personal, pedagogical, readerly, and scholarly action." -- Diane P. Freedman, University of New Hampshire, Durham "The author's skill in integrating theory, scholarship, and personal experience is superb. Her understanding of psychoanalytic theory is so complete that she is able to address audiences not so well versed in theory as well as those who share her own familiarity. Her knowledge of the literature of father-daughter incest is encyclopedic and her presentation of that literature a valuable resource for any reader wishing to pursue this topic." -- Jo Anne Pagano, author of Exiles and Communities: Teaching in the Patriarchal Wilderness "Daly is thoroughly conversant with the relevant sources--psychoanalytic, rhetorical, critical, autobiographical. She writes with clarity, power, and authoritative conviction. Her strong clear voice, in fact, is the most powerful and resonant feature of this book--thereby demonstrating the truth of her thesis, that writing about trauma is a way of understanding it, overcoming it, and integrating it into one's life story." -- Lynn Z. Bloom, University of Connecticut, Storrs
About Brenda Daly
Brenda Daly, Associate Professor of English, Iowa State University, is the author of two books: Lavish Self-Divisions: The Novels of Joyce Carol Oates and Narrating Mothers: Theorizing Maternal Subjectives, with Maureen T. Reddy.