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Auto/Biography across the Americas

Transnational Themes in Life Writing, 1st Edition

Edited by Ricia A. Chansky

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Auto/biographical narratives of the Americas are marked by the underlying themes of movement and belonging. This collection proposes that the impact of the historic or contemporary movement of peoples to, in, and from the Americas—whether chosen or forced—motivates the ways in which identities are constructed in this contested space. Such movement results in a cyclical quest to belong, and to understand belonging, that reverberates through narratives of the Americas. The volume brings together essays written from diverse national, cultural, linguistic, and disciplinary perspectives to trace these transnational motifs in life writing across the Americas. Drawing on international scholars from the seemingly disparate regions of the Americas—North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America—this book extends critical theories of life writing beyond limiting national boundaries. The scholarship included approaches narrative inquiry from the fields of literature, linguistics, history, art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, pedagogy, gender studies, critical race studies, and indigenous studies. As a whole, this volume advances discourse in auto/biography studies, life writing, and identity studies by locating transnational themes in narratives of the Americas and placing them in international and interdisciplinary conversations.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS





List of Figures





Foreword





Acknowledgments





Introduction: Reading beyond Boundaries





Chapter One: Timescapes, Backpacks, Networks





Chapter Two: Art, Identity, and Narration





Chapter Three: A Transnational Autobiographical Pact





Chapter Four: Between Nations, Between Selves





Chapter Five: Talking beyond Borders





Chapter Six: The Mediated Self in the Contested Domain of Caribbean Autobiography





Chapter Seven: Mapping Out a Treacherous Terrain





Chapter Eight: Decolonial Translation in Embodied Auto/Biographical Indigenous Performance





Chapter Nine: "See how I talk about the slavemaster"





Chapter Ten: Class and Class Awareness in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl





Chapter Eleven: The Paradoxical Demand for Realism





Chapter Twelve: "Forward!" National Identity, Animalographies, and the Ethics of Representation in the Posthuman Imaginary





Contributors





Index

About the Editor

Ricia Anne Chansky is Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She is editor of the journal Auto/Biography Studies and co-editor of The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader (Routledge, 2016).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004020
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LIT004100
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature