Auto/Biography across the Americas

Auto/Biography across the Americas : Transnational Themes in Life Writing

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Auto/biographical narratives of the Americas are marked by the underlying themes of movement and belonging. This collection proposes that the impact of the historic or contemporary movement of peoples to, in, and from the Americas-whether chosen or forced-motivates the ways in which identities are constructed in this contested space. Such movement results in a cyclical quest to belong, and to understand belonging, that reverberates through narratives of the Americas. The volume brings together essays written from diverse national, cultural, linguistic, and disciplinary perspectives to trace these transnational motifs in life writing across the Americas. Drawing on international scholars from the seemingly disparate regions of the Americas-North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America-this book extends critical theories of life writing beyond limiting national boundaries. The scholarship included approaches narrative inquiry from the fields of literature, linguistics, history, art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, pedagogy, gender studies, critical race studies, and indigenous studies. As a whole, this volume advances discourse in auto/biography studies, life writing, and identity studies by locating transnational themes in narratives of the Americas and placing them in international and interdisciplinary more

Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 500g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 black & white halftones
  • 1138959979
  • 9781138959972

About Ricia A. Chansky

Ricia Anne Chansky is Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She is editor of the journal Auto/Biography Studies and co-editor of The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader (Routledge, 2016).show more

Table of contents

CONTENTS List of Figures Foreword Alfred Hornung Acknowledgments Introduction: Reading beyond Boundaries Ricia Anne Chansky Chapter One: Timescapes, Backpacks, Networks Sidonie Smith Chapter Two: Art, Identity, and Narration Leonor Arfuch Chapter Three: A Transnational Autobiographical Pact Julie Rak Chapter Four: Between Nations, Between Selves Ricia Anne Chansky Chapter Five: Talking beyond Borders Gerardo Necoechea Gracia Chapter Six: The Mediated Self in the Contested Domain of Caribbean Autobiography Sandra Pouchet Paquet Chapter Seven: Mapping Out a Treacherous Terrain Laura J. Beard Chapter Eight: Decolonial Translation in Embodied Auto/Biographical Indigenous Performance Eva C. Karpinski Chapter Nine: "See how I talk about the slavemaster" Rose Mary Allen Chapter Ten: Class and Class Awareness in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl William L. Andrews Chapter Eleven: The Paradoxical Demand for Realism Sergio da Silva Barcellos Chapter Twelve: "Forward!" National Identity, Animalographies, and the Ethics of Representation in the Posthuman Imaginary Cynthia Huff Contributors Indexshow more