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Women's Life Writing and the Practice of Reading - She Reads to Write Herself

Ed. Valérie Baisnee-Keay, Corinne Bigot, Nicoleta Aledxoae-Zagni, Claire Bazin

Publié le 12 juin 2018 Mis à jour le 12 juin 2018

Palgrave Studies in Life Writing (coll.), London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

One of the first collections of criticism of women’s memoirs/auto/biography to be based on the use the life writer made of other writings.

This collection of essays offers a stimulating insight into the practice of reading and the relationship between reading and writing in women’s life writing texts such as memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, travel logs, and graphic memoirs. It covers a great variety of writers from literary classics such as Virginia Woolf to the authors of slave narratives. Some essays focus on how literary texts help frame a narrative of the self, acting as models and counter models; others insist on the role of literature in resisting imposed gendered and ethnic identities. The essays also show that female writers use reading to deepen their relationship to the rest of the world. While reading is often represented as central to life and aesthetic experience, the collection stresses that there is no single or universal approach to reading in women’s life writing. Taking into account debates about life writing, the collection opens new fields of investigation and fully participates in current scholarly conversations in the field.

ISBN: 978-3-319-752464

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Mis à jour le 12 juin 2018