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The Private self : theory and practice of women's autobiographical writings / edited by Shari Benstock.

Contributor(s): Benstock, Shari, 1944-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1988Description: vi, 319 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0807817910 (alk. paper); 9780807817919 (alk. paper); 0807842184 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780807842188 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): English prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | American prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Women authors, American -- Biography -- History and criticism | Women authors, English -- Biography -- History and criticism | Women -- Great Britain -- Biography -- History and criticism | Women -- United States -- Biography -- History and criticism | Women and literature -- English-speaking countries | Autobiography -- Women authors | Self in literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Private self.DDC classification: 809/.93592/088042 Also issued online.
Contents:
Authorizing the autobiographical / Shari Benstock -- Women's autobiographical selves : theory and practice / Susan Stanford Friedman -- My statue, my self : autobiographical writings of Afro-American women / Elizabeth Fox-Genovese -- Simone de Beauvoir : aging and its discontents / Kathleen Woodward -- Invincible mediocrity : the private selves of public women / Jane Marcus -- Eighteenth-century women's autobiographical commonplaces / Felicity A. Nussbaum -- Female rhetorics / Patricia Meyer Spacks -- Pedagogy as self-expression in Mary Wolstonecraft : exorcising the past, finding a voice / Mitzi Myers -- Representing two cultures : Jane Austen's letters / Deborah Kaplan -- Dorothy Wordsworth's journals : putting herself down / James Holt McGavran, Jr. -- Charlotte Forten Grimké and the search for a public voice / Joanne M. Braxton -- "Wider than the sky" : public presence and private self in Dickinson, James, and Woolf / Nancy Walker.
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Includes bibliographies and index.

Authorizing the autobiographical / Shari Benstock -- Women's autobiographical selves : theory and practice / Susan Stanford Friedman -- My statue, my self : autobiographical writings of Afro-American women / Elizabeth Fox-Genovese -- Simone de Beauvoir : aging and its discontents / Kathleen Woodward -- Invincible mediocrity : the private selves of public women / Jane Marcus -- Eighteenth-century women's autobiographical commonplaces / Felicity A. Nussbaum -- Female rhetorics / Patricia Meyer Spacks -- Pedagogy as self-expression in Mary Wolstonecraft : exorcising the past, finding a voice / Mitzi Myers -- Representing two cultures : Jane Austen's letters / Deborah Kaplan -- Dorothy Wordsworth's journals : putting herself down / James Holt McGavran, Jr. -- Charlotte Forten Grimké and the search for a public voice / Joanne M. Braxton -- "Wider than the sky" : public presence and private self in Dickinson, James, and Woolf / Nancy Walker.

Also issued online.

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These essays range from theoretical discussions of autobiography, informed by psychoanalytical and sociological theory--particularly Jacques Lacan and Nancy Chodorow--to close readings of texts in light of the time and culture in which they were written. With the exception of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese's article on black American women, the essays discuss white Anglo-American literary women from the 18th through the early 20th century--Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Alice James, Virginia Woolf--and one European, Simone de Beauvoir. Despite this limited focus, the essays raise provocative questions about women's autobiographical texts in relation to traditional views of the unified self, the individual, and linear narrative. These studies suggest that women create textual selves defined by community, by a tension between the public and private spheres, and by a desire to express their marginalization in society and in literature. The collection includes essays by Jane Marcus, Felicity A. Nussbaum, and Patricia Meyer Spacks. An important addition to recent scholarship on women's autobiography. Recommended for graduate students and faculty and for upper-division undergraduate students. B. Braendlin Florida State University

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