Summary Book Review Autobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial Literature by Benaouda Lebdai:
Download or read book Autobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial Literature written by Benaouda Lebdai and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2015-02-05 with total page 185 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Autobiography, a fully-recognised genre within mainstream literature today, has evolved massively in the last few decades, particularly through colonial and postcolonial texts. By using autobiography as a means of expression, many postcolonial writers were able to describe their experiences in the face of the denial of personal expression for centuries. This book is centred around the recounting and analysis of such a phenomenon. Literary purists often reject autobiography as a fully-fledged literary genre, perceiving it rather as a mere life report or a descriptive diary. The colonial and postcolonial autobiographical texts analysed in this book refute such perceptions, and demonstrate a subtle combination of literary qualities and the recounting of real-life experiences. This book demonstrates that colonial and postcolonial autobiographical texts have established their ‘literarity’. The need for postcolonial authors to express themselves through the ‘I’ and the ‘me’, as subjects and not as objects, is the essence of this book, and confirms that self-affirmation through autobiographical writing is indeed an art form.
Summary Book Review Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Films by Delphine Letort:
Download or read book Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Films written by Delphine Letort and published by Springer. This book was released on 2018-05-03 with total page 231 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collective book offers new insight on the genres of biography and autobiography by examining the singular path of those deemed to be ‘outsiders’, such as Winnie Mandela, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X and Harvey Milk. Its specific focus on these female leaders and civil rights activists, who refused to be constrained by gender, race and class, shifts attention away from the great men of history and places it solely on those who have transformed their personal lives into a fight for collective goals. With an interdisciplinary approach that looks at literature, cinema and cultural studies, Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Cinema argues that life writing is a key source of artistic creativity and activism which enables us to take a fresh look at history.
Author :Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf Publisher :Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG Release Date :2019-01-29 ISBN 10 :9783110279818 Pages :2220 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.7/5 (981 users download)
Summary Book Review Handbook of Autobiography / Autofiction by Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf:
Download or read book Handbook of Autobiography / Autofiction written by Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2019-01-29 with total page 2220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Autobiographical writings have been a major cultural genre from antiquity to the present time. General questions of the literary as, e.g., the relation between literature and reality, truth and fiction, the dependency of author, narrator, and figure, or issues of individual and cultural styles etc., can be studied preeminently in the autobiographical genre. Yet, the tradition of life-writing has, in the course of literary history, developed manifold types and forms. Especially in the globalized age, where the media and other technological / cultural factors contribute to a rapid transformation of lifestyles, autobiographical writing has maintained, even enhanced, its popularity and importance. By conceiving autobiography in a wide sense that includes memoirs, diaries, self-portraits and autofiction as well as media transformations of the genre, this three-volume handbook offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical approaches, systematic aspects, and historical developments in an international and interdisciplinary perspective. While autobiography is usually considered to be a European tradition, special emphasis is placed on the modes of self-representation in non-Western cultures and on inter- and transcultural perspectives of the genre. The individual contributions are closely interconnected by a system of cross-references. The handbook addresses scholars of cultural and literary studies, students as well as non-academic readers.
Summary Book Review Literary Fictions of the Contemporary Art System by Carlos Garrido Castellano:
Download or read book Literary Fictions of the Contemporary Art System written by Carlos Garrido Castellano and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-07-29 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The main objective of this book is to explain how contemporary literatures in Spanish and Portuguese are dealing with artistic creativity when artmaking is no longer a specialised field of cultural production, but rather an expanded field of socioeconomic interaction, personal and creative self-definition and collective imagination. The project positions the contemporary art novel as the most suitable place to understand how the economisation of cultural labour is affecting writers and artists alike. The authors examined in this book, including José Saramago, Rita Indiana Hernández, María Gainza, Mayra Santos Febres and Ondjaki (amongst others) explore the contradictions of the art market, the dynamics of art education, the multifaceted activity of curators and socially engaged artists in relation to broader debates on the role of culture in the configuration of socioeconomic dynamics. The book maps a new trend within contemporary literature that taps into the visual art system to reassess the role of literature in critical ways.
Summary Book Review Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives by Jan Alber:
Download or read book Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives written by Jan Alber and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-05-10 with total page 132 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores the complex interrelationship between fact and fiction in narratives of the twenty-first century. Current cultural theory observes a cultural shift away from postmodernism to new forms of expression. Rather than a radical break from the postmodern, however, postmodernist techniques are repurposed to express a new sincerity, a purposeful self-reflexivity, a contemporary sense of togetherness and an associated commitment to reality. In what the editors consider to be one manifestation of this general tendency, this book explores the ways in which contemporary texts across different media play with the boundary between fact and fiction. This includes the examination of novels, autobiography, autofiction, film, television, mockumentary, digital fiction, advertising campaigns and media hoaxes. The chapters engage with theories of what comes after postmodernism and analyse the narratological, stylistic and/or semiotic devices on which such texts rely. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of English Studies.
Summary Book Review Text and Image in Women's Life Writing by Valérie Baisnée-Keay:
Download or read book Text and Image in Women's Life Writing written by Valérie Baisnée-Keay and published by Springer Nature. This book was released on 2022-01-12 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the relationship between words and images in various life-writing works produced by nineteenth to twenty-first century American and British women. It addresses the politics of images in women’s life writing, contending that the presence or absence of images is often strategic. Including a range of different forms of life writing, chapters draw on traditional (auto)biographies, travel narratives, memoirs, diaries, autofiction, cancer narratives, graphic memoirs, artistic installations, quilts and online performances, as life writing moves from page to screen and other media. The book explores a wide range of women who have crossed the boundary between text and image: painters who have become writers, novelists who have become painters, writers who hesitate between images and words, models who seize the camera, and artists who use the frame as a page.
Summary Book Review Amkoullel, the Fula Boy by Amadou Hampâté Bâ:
Download or read book Amkoullel, the Fula Boy written by Amadou Hampâté Bâ and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2021-07-20 with total page 398 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Born in 1900 in French West Africa, Malian writer Amadou Hampâté Bâ was one of the towering figures in the literature of twentieth-century Francophone Africa. In Amkoullel, the Fula Boy, Bâ tells in striking detail the story of his youth, which was set against the aftermath of war between the Fula and Toucouleur peoples and the installation of French colonialism. A master storyteller, Bâ recounts pivotal moments of his life, and the lives of his powerful and large family, from his first encounter with the white commandant through the torturous imprisonment of his stepfather and to his forced attendance at French school. He also charts a larger story of life prior to and at the height of French colonialism: interethnic conflicts, the clash between colonial schools and Islamic education, and the central role indigenous African intermediaries and interpreters played in the functioning of the colonial administration. Engrossing and novelistic, Amkoullel, the Fula Boy is an unparalleled rendering of an individual and society under transition as they face the upheavals of colonialism.
Summary Book Review Postcolonialism & Autobiography by Michelle Cliff:
Download or read book Postcolonialism & Autobiography written by Michelle Cliff and published by Rodopi. This book was released on 1998 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The two volumes on Postcolonialism and Autobiography examine the affinity of postcolonial writing to the genre of autobiography. The contributions of specialists from Northern Africa, Europe and the United States focus on two areas in which the interrelation of postcolonialism and autobiography is very prominent and fertile: the Maghreb and the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean. The colonial background of these regions provides the stimulus for writers to launch a program for emancipation in an effort to constitute a decolonized subject in autobiographical practice. While the French volume addresses issues of the autobiographical genre in the postcolonial conditions of the Maghreb and the Caribbean with reference to France, the English volume analyzes the autobiographical writings of David Dabydeen (Guyana), Michelle Cliff, Opal Palmer Adisa, George Lamming, Wilson Harris (Jamaica), and Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua) who have maintained their cultural Caribbean origin while living in England or the United States. Critics such as William Boelhower, Leigh Gilmore, Sidonie Smith, and Gayatri Spivak reveal the many layers of different cultures (Indian, African, European, American) that are covered over by the colonial powers. The homeland, exile, the experience of migration and hybridity condition the postcolonial existence of writers and critics. The incorporation of excerpts from the writers' works is meant to show the great variety and riches of a hybrid imagination and to engage in an interactive dialogue with critics.
Author :Dominique Haensell Publisher :Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG Release Date :2021-10-04 ISBN 10 :9783110722147 Pages :252 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.2/5 (214 users download)
Summary Book Review Making Black History by Dominique Haensell:
Download or read book Making Black History written by Dominique Haensell and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2021-10-04 with total page 252 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Anglia Book Series (ANGB) offers a selection of high quality work on all areas and aspects of English philology. It publishes book-length studies and essay collections on English language and linguistics, on English and American literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, on the new English literatures, as well as on general and comparative literary studies, including aspects of cultural and literary theory.
Summary Book Review Citizenship and Belonging in France and North America by Ramona Mielusel:
Download or read book Citizenship and Belonging in France and North America written by Ramona Mielusel and published by Springer Nature. This book was released on 2020-01-09 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first decades of the new millennium have been marked by major political changes. Although The West has wished to revisit internal and international politics concerning migration policies, refugee status, integration, secularism, and the dismantling of communitarianism, events like the Syrian refugee crisis, the terrorist attacks in France in 2015-2016, and the economic crisis of 2008 have resurrected concepts such as national identity, integration, citizenship and re-shaping state policies in many developed countries. In France and Canada, more recent public elections have brought complex democratic political figures like Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau to the public eye. Both leaders were elected based on their promising political agendas that aimed at bringing their countries into the new millennium; Trudeau promotes multiculturalism, while Macron touts the diverse nation and the inclusion of diverse ethnic communities to the national model. This edited collection aims to establish a dialogue between these two countries and across disciplines in search of such discursive illustrations and opposing discourses. Analyzing the cultural and political tensions between minority groups and the state in light of political events that question ideas of citizenship and belonging to a multicultural nation, the chapters in this volume serve as a testimonial to the multiple views on the political and public perception of multicultural practices and their national and international applicability to our current geopolitical context.
Summary Book Review Postcolonial Life-Writing by Bart Moore-Gilbert:
Download or read book Postcolonial Life-Writing written by Bart Moore-Gilbert and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2009-06-08 with total page 198 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: At a time when concepts of identity and self-representation are abundant in both literary and cultural studies, Postcolonialsim and Life-Writing, brings together the two increasingly popular and important fields of postcolonial studies and life writing.
Author :Sandra Ponzanesi Publisher :State University of New York Press Release Date :2012-02-01 ISBN 10 :9780791484517 Pages :283 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.8/5 (451 users download)
Summary Book Review Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture by Sandra Ponzanesi:
Download or read book Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture written by Sandra Ponzanesi and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on 2012-02-01 with total page 283 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Explores postcolonial discourse from the standpoint of feminism and writers in minority languages.
Summary Book Review Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles by Nasser Tahia Abdel Nasser:
Download or read book Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles written by Nasser Tahia Abdel Nasser and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2020-05-28 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In memoirs, Arab writers have invoked solitude in moments of deep public involvement. Focusing on Taha Hussein, Sonallah Ibrahim, Assia Djebar, Latifa al-Zayyat, Mahmoud Darwish, Mourid Barghouti, Edward Said, Haifa Zangana, and Radwa Ashour, this book reads a range of autobiographical forms, sources, and affinities with other literatures.Taking a comparative approach, Nasser shows the local sources of contemporary Arab autobiography, adaptations of a global genre, and cultural exchange. She also examines different aspects of the contemporary autobiography as it has evolved in the Arab world during the past half-century, focusing on the particularity of the genre written in different languages but pertaining to one overarching Arab culture. Drawing on memoirs, testimonies, autobiographical novels, poetic autobiography, journals, and diaries, she examines solitude and national struggles in contemporary Arab autobiography.
Summary Book Review Autobiography and Independence by Debra Kelly:
Download or read book Autobiography and Independence written by Debra Kelly and published by Liverpool University Press. This book was released on 2005-01-01 with total page 412 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: InAutobiography and Independence, Debra Kelly examines four accomplished Francophone North African writers—Mouland Feroan, Assia Djebar, Albert Memmi, and Abdelkeacute;bir Khatibi—to illuminate the complex relationship of a writer's work to cultural and national histories. The legacies of colonialism and the difficulties of nationalism run throughout all four writers' works, yet in their striking individuality, the four demonstrate the ways in which such heritages are refracted through a writer's personal history. This book will be of interest to students of Francophone literature, colonialism, and African history and culture.
Summary Book Review Women, Autobiography, Theory by Sidonie Smith:
Download or read book Women, Autobiography, Theory written by Sidonie Smith and published by Univ of Wisconsin Press. This book was released on 1998 with total page 546 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first comprehensive guide to the burgeoning field of women's autobiography. Essays from 39 prominent critics and writers explore narratives across the centuries and from around the globe. A list of more than 200 women's autobiographies and a comprehensive bibliography provide invaluable information for scholars, teachers, and readers.
Summary Book Review Against Autobiography by Lia Nicole Brozgal:
Download or read book Against Autobiography written by Lia Nicole Brozgal and published by U of Nebraska Press. This book was released on 2018-08-01 with total page 289 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The work of Tunisian Jewish intellectual Albert Memmi, like that of many francophone Maghrebian writers, is often read as thinly veiled autobiography. Questioning the prevailing body of criticism, which continues this interpretation of most fiction produced by francophone North African writers, Lia Nicole Brozgal shows how such interpretations of Memmi’s texts obscure their not inconsiderable theoretical possibilities. Calling attention to the ambiguous status of autobiographical discursive and textual elements in Memmi’s work, Brozgal shifts the focus from the author to theoretical questions. Against Autobiography places Memmi’s writing and thought in dialogue with several major critical shifts in the late twentieth-century literary and cultural landscape. These shifts include the crisis of the authorial subject; the interrogation of the form of the novel; the resistance to the hegemony of vision; and the critique of colonialism. Showing how Memmi’s novels and essays produce theories that resonate both within and beyond their original contexts, Brozgal argues for allowing works of francophone Maghrebi literature to be read as complex literary objects, that is, not simply as ethnographic curios but as generating elements of literary theory on their own terms.
Summary Book Review Caribbean-English Passages by Tobias Döring:
Download or read book Caribbean-English Passages written by Tobias Döring and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2003-08-29 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Tobias Döring uses Postcolonialism as a backdrop to examine and question the traditional genres of travel writing, nature poetry, adventure tales, autobiography and the epic, assessing their relevance to, and modification by, the Caribbean experience. Caribbean-English Passages opens an innovative and cross-cultural perspective, in which familiar oppositions of colonial/white versus postcolonial/black writing are deconstructed. English identity is thereby questioned by this colonial contact, and Caribbean-English writing radically redraws the map of world literature. This book is essential reading for students of Postcolonial Literature at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.