Representing Lives: Women and Auto Biography by Alison Donnell, Pauline Polkey

By Alison Donnell, Pauline Polkey

This eclectic and entire choice of essays explores modern matters and debates relating women’s auto-biographical representations from more than a few disciplinary views. With authoritative contributions from a couple of popular figures within the box of women’s auto/biography, in addition to cutting edge new voices, the amount deals a huge and modern lens at the matters and debates appropriate to the act of representing women's lives.

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Olive became a sick girl, and then a sick woman. (First and Scott, 1980: 22-3, 335-6) In the South African context . . the woman issue withers with the issue of the voteless, powerless state of South African blacks, regardless of sex. It was as bizarre then . . as now . . to regard a campaign for women's rights - black or white - as relevant to the South African situation. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 20 Liz Stanley Schreiner's racial primitivism .

Book chapters, like journal articles, seminars, conferences, meetings and lectures, are all part of the academic occasions that Nancy Miller (1991) has discussed in a feminist context as occasions that are performances. These are also performative: they accomplish things other than themselves. 1 Auto/Biographical Practices and the Field of Representation in Writing Past Lives occasions, occasions in a life that constitute that life. These academic feminist occasions are biographical too, for they are occasions in other lives and for other people, not just for the writer, the teacher, the seminar leader, the administrator, herself.

These academic feminist occasions are biographical too, for they are occasions in other lives and for other people, not just for the writer, the teacher, the seminar leader, the administrator, herself. They resonate with other lives, for they require, or rather they intend, an audience. They are in fact occasions on which people engage reciprocally in auto/biographical practices, and in doing so they unsettle the assumed but shaky boundaries between self and other, public and private, ideas and materiality, work and non-work.

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