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Tracing the autobiographical

Author: Marlene Kadar
Publisher: Waterloo, Ontario : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2005.
Series: Life writing series
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Reveals the intersections of broad agendas with the personal, the private, and the individual. Attending to ethics, exile, tyranny, and hope, the contributors listen for echoes and murmurs. Many of  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marlene Kadar
ISBN: 0889204764 9780889204768
OCLC Number: 265754363
Description: VIII, 276 Seiten : Illustrationen.
Contents: Table of Contents for Tracing the Autobiographical , edited by Marlene Kadar, Linda Warley, Jeanne Perreault, and Susanna Egan Introduction: Tracing the Autobiographical: Unlikely Documents, Unexpected Places | Jeanne Perrreault and Marlene Kadar My Story : Memoir Writing, the Internet and Embodied Discursive Agency | Helen M. Buss Reading the Autobiographical in Personal Home Pages | Linda Warley Reality TV Has Spoken: Auto/biography Matters | Gabriele Helms Performing the Auto/biographical Pact: Towards a Theory of Identity in Performance | Sherrill Grace Domestic Space and the Idea of Home in Auto/biographical Practices | Kathy Mezei The Shifting Grounds of Exile and Home in Daphne Marlattas Steveston | Susanna Egan Law Stories as Life Stories: Jeanette Lavell, Yvonne BA (c)dard and Halfbreed | Cheryl Suzack Muriel Rukeyser: Egodocuments and the Ethics of Propaganda | Jeanne Perreault Gender Nation and Self-Narration: Three Generations of Dayan Women in Palestine/Israel | Bina Toledo Freiwald Giving Pain a Place in the World Aboriginal Womenas Bodies in Australian Stolen Generation Autobiographical Narratives | Christine Crowe Circular Journeys and Glass Bridges: The Geography of Postmemory | Adrienne Kertzer The Devouring: Traces of Roma in the Holocaust: No Tattoo, Sterilized Body, Gypsy Girl | Marlene Kadar The Authors and Their Essays Acknowledgements Works Cited The Authors and Their Essays Helen Buss is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Calgary and the author of numerous interdisciplinary studies of autobiography. Bussas Mapping Our Selves (McGill-Queenas, 1993) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize in 1994. Buss also edited (with Kadar) Working in Womenas Archives in 2001; as Margaret Clarke she has published novels, short stories, and poetry. Bussas article, a My Story : Memoir Writing, the Internet, and Embodied Discursive Agencya, analyzes the young adult acyberselfa of Katherine Tarbox as an autobiographical script that has consequences for her development as a young woman. Using a feminist autocritical method, Buss explores Katieas growing agencyafrom victim to scapegoat to survivor. The stages of Katieas growth are revealed in the form of the memoir and ultimately in her uses of the Internet. Christine Crowe is Head of Credit Studies, Continuing Education, at the University of Regina. She teaches and researches in the area of Canadian and Australian Aboriginal autobiographical narratives and theories. She also works in the area of Aboriginal student retention and factors affecting first-year Aboriginal student success. Croweas paper, aGiving Pain a Place in the World: Australian Stolen Generations Autobiographical Narrativesa, considers the body as a tool for opening political and dialogic space, and explores how maimed and tortured bodies have been represented in Australian Aboriginal womenas autobiographical narratives. Crowe also discusses Stolen Generation autobiographies as a way to achieve political change. Susanna Egan is Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. She has published extensively on autobiography, her most recent monograph being Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). She is currently working on problems of imposture in autobiography. Eganas paper, aThe Shifting Grounds of Exile and Home in Daphne Marlattas Steveston a, focuses on Daphne Marlattas long-poem cycle, Steveston , the fishing community at the mouth of the Fraser River just south of Vancouver. The poem gives rise to questions about Marlattas autobiographical narration of exile and home. As an immigrant to Canada from Australia and Malaysia, Marlatt situates herself in this fishing community to which Japanese immigrants came from the end of the nineteenth century, expecting to return home, but from which they were removed for internment during WWII. Egan illustrates how Marlattas attention to the constant movement of people and water and fish includes the movement of land and of horizons, so that the migrant situates herself in a shared impermanence that she defines in terms of particular place. Bina Toledo Freiwald is Associate Professor of English at Concordia University. Her areas of teaching and research include critical theory, womenas writing, auto/biography and identity discourses, and Canadian literature. Recent publications include: aNation and Self-Narration: A View from QuA (c)bec/Quebeca, Canadian Literature 172 (Spring 2002); aTranslational and Trans/national Crossings: French-American Feminist Mis/Dis/ Connectionsa, Works and Days 20.1&2 (Spring/Fall 2002). Approaching life-narratives as privileged sites for both the construction and interrogation of the nation, Freiwaldas essay, aGender, Nation, and Self- Narration: Three Generations of Dayan Women in Palestine/Israela, examines the auto/biographical writings of three women. These writings represent three generations of one of Israelas most public families, and offer insights into the making of the imagined community that is present-day Israel. Sherrill Grace is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, where she holds the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies, 2003a05, and is a Distinguished University Scholar. She has published widely on twentieth-century literature and Canadian culture, with books on Expressionism, Margaret Atwood, and Malcolm Lowry. Her most recent books are Canada and the Idea of North (2001) and Performing National Identities: International Perspectives on Contemporary Canadian Theatre , coedited with A.R. Glaap. Graceas paper, aPerforming the Auto/Biographical Pact: Towards a Theory of Identity in Performancea, explores some of the challenges faced by playwrights who create autobiographical plays. Drawing on recent theories of autobiography, Grace develops a theory of autobiography-in-performance and suggests how theatre practice differs from other autobiographical practices. At the time of her death from cancer on December 31, 2004, in Vancouver, Gabrielle Helms was Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, where she taught courses and conducted research in the fields of Canadian literature and culture and auto/biography studies. She is the author of Challenging Canada: Dialogism and Narrative Techniques in Canadian Novels (McGill-Queenas 2003), and co-editor (with Susanna Egan) of two special issues of the scholarly journals Canadian Literature (2002) and biography (2001). She has published several essays on life writing and Canadian literature and contributed to reference works such as the Encyclopedia of Life Writing and the Cambridge Companion to Life Writing . In aReality TV Has Spoken: Auto/biography Mattersa Helms demonstrates what critics of autobiography can bring to debates about the proliferation and popularity of reality television shows such as Survivor and Big Brother . She examines how these shows draw on familiar strategies and discourses of auto/biographyasuch as the autobiographical pact, the confession, the diary, and the crisis-resolution plotand she considers what these shows can reveal about contemporary modes of self-representation. Marlene Kadar is Associate Professor in Humanities and Womenas Studies at York University, and the former director of the Graduate Programme in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her Essays on Life Writing: From Genre to Critical Practice (UTP 1992) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize in 1993. Kadaras research interests include the politics of life writing, including survivor narratives; the construction of privilege and knowledge in womenas life writing; and Hungarian and Romani auto/biography in historical accounts, biographical traces, and fragments. Kadaras essay, aThe Devouring: Traces of Roma in the Holocaust: No Tattoo, Sterilized Body, Gypsy Girla, examines three troubling images in order to more fully appreciate the power of autobiographical traces and fragments in historical memory, especially in relation to the experience of Roma in the Porrajmos . Adrienne Kertzer is Professor of English at the University of Calgary. Her book, My Motheras Voice: Children, Literature, and the Holocaust (Broadview Press, 2002), won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for scholarship on a Jewish subject. Her essay, a Fugitive Pieces : Listening as a Holocaust Survivoras Childa, won the F.E.L. Priestley Prize. Forthcoming essays include aThe Problem of Childhood, Childrenas Literature, and Holocaust Representationa, in Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust , ed. Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes, MLA series Options for Teaching, and the entry on aHolocaust Literature for Childrena in the Oxford Ency
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