The Life Writing of Otherness
Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston, and Winterson
Focusing on innovative works by Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston and Winterson, the author analyzes how they each represent the self as unique, collectively "other," and inclusively human, and how these conflicting aspects of selfhood interact.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 CHAPTER ONE Reading the Life Writing of Otherness; Chapter 2 CHAPTER TWO The Common Life of Uncommon Women; Chapter 3 CHAPTER THREE The Personal Passion of Collective Selfhood; Chapter 4 CHAPTER FOUR The Hard-Won Harmonics of Selfhood; Chapter 5 CHAPTER FIVE The Refusal of Otherness; Notes; Works Cited Index;
Lauren Rusk teaches at Stanford University.
"Rusk chooses these ‘hybrid texts’ because of their challenge to readers ‘to work through puzzles in ways that mirror the writers’ own struggles to wrest sense from the contradictions they’ve faced. Thus the books strive to transform how their readers perceive one another and, ultimately, how they act’ (1). . . ." -- Jeanette McVicker, Biography