Transculturing Auto/Biography: Forms of Life Writing

1st Edition

Rosalia Baena

Routledge
Published May 19, 2014
Reference - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415759496 - CAT# Y163155

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Summary

Rosalia Baena’s theoretically challenging, analytical volume of essays, explores the diversity of shapes that transcultural life writing takes, demonstrating how it has become one of the most dynamic and productive literary forms of self-inscription and self-representation.

Expanding much of the contemporary criticism on life writing, which tends to centre on content, the essays highlight that reading contemporary forms of life writing from a literary perspective is a rich field of critical intervention that has been overlooked because of recent cultural studies’ concerns with material issues. To read life writing as primarily cultural texts undercuts much of its value as a complex dynamic of cultural production, where aesthetic concerns and the choice and manipulation of form serve as signifying aspects to experiences and subjectivities.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Prose Studies.

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