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1st Edition

Edited by Trev Lynn Broughton


1,600 pages

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Hardback: 9780415348713
pub: 2006-12-14
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The analysis of life-writing as a distinct and specialized project emerged only in the second half of the twentieth century. That it has achieved both academic respectability and critical cachet over the last twenty-five years is the result of a number of trends. Politically 'progressive' tendencies, from the civil rights, workers' educational and second-wave women's movements, to the establishment of sociology, social history and interdisciplinary women's and 'race' studies, have appealed to 'experience', via the production and dissemination of personal testimony, life-narratives, autobiographical manifestos, as the basis for consciousness-raising and as a challenge to dominant accounts of the social world. At the same time, paradoxically, neo-conservative celebrations of individual choice, personal entitlement, consumer power, have reinstated the 'unique' self and its representation at the heart of many late-capitalist cultures.

This collection covers all of these schools of thought and brings together both 'mainstream' and 'dissident' theorists, authors and texts. With a new introduction by the editor, an index and a chronological table of contents, this collection will be a unique and unrivalled research resource for both student and scholar.

Table of Contents

Volume 1 Introduction. Part 1: Founding Statements. Part 2: Beyond Truth versus Fiction Volume 2 Part 3: Discovering Difference Volume 3 Part 4: Personal Stories, Hidden Histories. Part 5: Psychology, Psychoanalysis and the Narrability of Lives. Part 6: Autobiography as Critique Volume 4 Part 7: Personal Texts as Autobiography. Part 8: Cultures of Life Writing

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Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

This series provides concise, authoritative guides to key concepts in literary and cultural studies. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, the volumes consist of essential secondary literature. They give historical purchase on the development of the concept concerned and also provide students with a snapshot of current thinking.

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