Women’s life writings provide an incomparable window into the various cultural and historical communities in which we live. This book presents a unique view of this great legacy by critically examining how these writings both reflect and shape our communities. It draws on a wealth of material such as novels, memoirs, autobiographies, letters, religious records and many other sources, from many of the finest female writers in history. These writings enable insight into fields ranging from cultural studies and feminism, to postmodernism and new historicism. This volume was previously published as a special issue of the journal Prose Studies.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors -- Acknowledgments -- Towards a Geography of Women’s Life Writing and Imagined Communities: An Introductory Essay /CYNTHIA HUFF -- RESISTING THE BORDERS -- Imagined Ancestral Communities of Displaced Australian Daughters: Evelyn Crawford’s Over My Tracks and Lily Brett’s After the War and Unintended Consequences /GAY BREYLEY -- The Community of Camp Sisters: Bonds of Support, Bonds of Subversion /DEBORAH LEE AMES -- Imagining an Hospitable Community in the Deportation Narratives of Baltic Women /LEENA KURVET-KAOSAAR -- Imagining “Sweet Fellowship”: Resisting Prejudice with Spiritual Transcendence in Jarena Lee’s Imagined Community /JERYL J. PRESCOTT -- CROSSING THE BORDERS -- Reverse Migrations and Imagined Communities -- MANUELA COSTANTINO AND SUSANNA EGAN -- “Somewhere between Puerto Rico and New York”: The Representation of Individual and Collective Identities in Esmeralda Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman /MARTA VIZCAYA ECHANO -- Dear (Embodied) Reader: Life Writing and Disability /SUSANNAH B. MINTZ -- ENVISIONING NEW BORDERS -- “Prei for me mi leue suster”: The Paradox of the Anchoritic “Community” in Late Medieval England /MICHELLE M. SAUER -- Collaborative Life Writing as Ideology: The Auto /biographies of Mary Howitt and Her Family /LINDA H. PETERSON -- “We are the Web”: Letter Writing and the 1980s Women’s Peace Movement /MARGARETTA JOLLY -- Consuming Lives, Creating Community: Female Chinese-American Diary Writing on the Web /LENA KARLSSON -- Another Form of Crying: Girl Zines as Life Writing /JENNIFER SINOR -- DRAWING THE BORDERS Voices /LYNN Z. BLOOM -- This Bridge Called My Book: Anthologies of Women’s Life Writing and the Problem of Community /JILLIAN SANDELL -- Imagining Sisterhood, Again /JEANNE PERREAULT -- Index.
Cynthia Huff is a Professor of English at Illinois State University. She is the co-editor of Inscribing the Daily: Critical Essays on Women's Diaries (1996).