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Altered egos : authority in American autobiography

Author: G Thomas Couser
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is concerned with the "authority" of autobiography, seeing it as a shifting ground on which writers struggle for literary control over their lives against the constraints of genre,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G Thomas Couser
ISBN: 019505833X 9780195058338
OCLC Number: 18907364
Description: ix, 285 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Prologue: the case of the counterfeit autobiography --
Introduction: authority, autobiography, America --
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: self-constitutional conventions --
Prose and cons: the autobiographies of P. T. Barnum --
False "I's": Mark Twain's pseudonymous autobiography --
(En)slave(d) narrative: early Afro-American autobiography --
Mary Boykin Chesnut: succession, confederacy, reconstruction --
Black Elk Speaks with forked tongue --
Biculturalism in contemporary autobiography: Richard Rodriguez and Maxine Hong Kingston.
Responsibility: G. Thomas Couser.
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'Altered Egos is a rewarding book with insights about authority, not just in individual texts and authors, but in the genre itself.' Carol J. Singley, The American University, Prose Studies, Vol. 15, Read more...

 
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