Autobiographical Inscriptions

Autobiographical Inscriptions : Form, Personhood, and the American Woman Writer of Color

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By engaging current approaches to the genre, Autobiographical Inscriptions breaks new ground in the field of autobiography studies. The book is centered in a discussion of the ways that innovations of form and structure contain and bolster arguments for personhood articulated by Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Leslie Marmon Silko, Adrienne Kennedy, and Cecile Pineda. Organized thematically, with each chapter focusing on central questions of form, this work pairs canonized texts with less well-known works, reading autobiographical works across cultural contexts, historical periods, and artistic media, and illustrating the stunning range of formal strategies available to and adopted by the American woman writer of color.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 21.6mm | 646.94g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195123417
  • 9780195123418

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. "Everybody's Zora": Visions, Setting, and Voice in Dust Tracks on a Road ; 2. Commodities that Speak: Form and Transformation in Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl ; 3. In One Voice: The Autobiographical Act in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and Hisaye Yamamoto's "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara" ; 4. Identity and Category Deconstruction in Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller and Adrienne Kennedy's People Who Led to My Plays ; Conclusion: Making Face, Making Race: Prosopopoeia, Autobiography, and Identity Construction in Cecile Pineda's Face
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Review quote

Rodriguez's emphasis upon the relationship between form and personhood is especially innovative ... The four writers who are the principal focus of this study have generated a fair amount of critical attention, not to mention controversy, over the years; however, Autobiographical Inscriptions brings a fresh perspective to their study, and one which will also contribute to - even revise - theories of women's life writing. * Journal of American Studies *
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About Barbara Rodriguez

Barbara Rodriguez is an assistant professor of African-American Literature at Tufts University. Born in Socorro, Texas, she was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University.
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