The Female Autograph

These original essays comprise a fascinating investigation into women's strategies for writing the self—constructing the female subject through autobiography, memoirs, letters, and diaries.

Author: Domna C. Stanton

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226771210

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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These original essays comprise a fascinating investigation into women's strategies for writing the self—constructing the female subject through autobiography, memoirs, letters, and diaries. The collection contains theoretical essays by Donna Stanton, Sandra Gilbert, and Susan Gilbert, and Susan Gubar; chapters on specific issues raised by women's autographs, such as Richard Bowring's study of tenth-century Japanese diaries or Janel Mueller's on The Book of Margery Kempe; and annotated autobiographical fragments, including texts by Julia Kristeva, by a woman who became a czarist cavalry officer, and by a contemporary Palestinian poet. There are also chapters on the seventeenth-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi; Mme de. Sévigné; Mendelssohn's sister, Fanny Hensel; the black minister Jarena Lee; Virginia Woolf; and Eva Peron. The result is a "conversation" between writers and critics across cultural and temporal boundaries. Stanton's essay plays off Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Kristeva begins with a reading of de Beauvoir, while a self-published French woman writes to defend the joys of family life against the author of Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter.
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The Female Autograph

These original essays comprise a fascinating investigation into women's strategies for writing the self—constructing the female subject through autobiography, memoirs, letters, and diaries.

Author: Domna C. Stanton

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ISBN: 0226771202

Category: Autobiography

Page: 244

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The Female Voice in The Assembly of Ladies

In The Female Autograph, edited by Domna C. Stanton, 3-20. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. —. ed. The Female Autograph.

Author: Simone Celine Marshall

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443811606

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

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The Assembly of Ladies is a fifteenth-century secular love poem in Middle English that adheres closely to conventional poetic structures, but throws these conventions into relief as it presents the narrative from a woman’s point of view, a rare occurrence for poetry of this period. Who wrote it, for whom and why, are questions about which we can speculate, but never ultimately answer–the poem itself gives us few clues. Yet the poem has had a remarkable shelf-life; in subsequent centuries the poem has continued to be noticed, read, and debated, as a small but significant artefact from fifteenth-century England. This book examines how fifteenth-century English social conventions impact upon gender relations in The Assembly of Ladies. By drawing on contemporary (and clearly influential) texts from the fifteenth century as a comparison, Marshall shows how The Assembly of Ladies has integrated social conventions into its themes and structure, elevating for the reader the ways that social and literary conventions impact on women in the production and consumption of literature.
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Encyclopedia of Women s Autobiography K Z

discursive point in time," e.g., 1980 and advocates a heuristic undertaking to try to articulate the differences of autogynography (Female Autograph 17).

Author: Victoria Boynton

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313327394

Category: Autobiography

Page: 625

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Women have been writing autobiographical works for centuries, and these texts are a valuable source of information about their lives and times. They reflect the personal experiences of their authors as well as the larger cultural, political, and intellectual contexts in which they lived and wrote. Multicultural in scope and the first work of its kind, this encyclopedia overviews more than 400 years of autobiographical writing by women.
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Medieval Women and the Law

tifiable typology to female wills , allowing us to look upon them as in some ... 56 Domna C. Stanton , ed . , The Female Autograph : Theory and Practice of ...

Author: Noël James Menuge

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 085115932X

Category: History

Page: 169

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Determined and largely successful effort to read behind and alongside legal discourses to discover women's voices and women's feelings. It adds usefully to the wider debate on women's role in medieval society. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW What is really new here is the ways in which the authors approach the history of the law: they use some decidedly non-legal texts to examine legal history; they bring together historical and literary sources; and they debunk the view that medieval laws had little to say about women or that medieval women had little legal agency. ALBION The legal position of the late medieval woman has been much neglected, and it is this gap which the essays collected here seek to fill. They explore the ways in which women of all ages and stations during the late middle ages (c.1300-c.1500) could legally shift for themselves, and how and where they did so. Particular topics discussed include the making of wills, the age of consent, rights concerning marriage, care, custody and guardianship (with particular emphasis on the rights of a mother attempting to gain custody of her own children within the court system), women as traders, women as criminals, prostitution, the rights of battered women within the courts, the procedures women had to go through to gain legal redress and access, rape, and women within guilds. NOEL JAMES MENUGE gained her Ph.D. from the Centre of Medieval Studies at the University of York. Contributors: P.J.P. GOLDBERG, VICTORIA THOMPSON, JENNIFER SMITH, CORDELIA BEATTIE, KATHERINE J. LEWIS, NOEL JAMES MENUGE, CORINNE SAUNDERS, KIM M. PHILLIPS, EMMA HAWKES
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Fictions of the Female Self

as the authors' assumption of a real woman waiting to be disclosed from beneath ... not about women's 'autobiography', but rather the female 'autograph', ...

Author: R. Parkin-Gounelas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230378254

Category: Social Science

Page: 203

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Women's novels have traditionally been read as 'subjective'. Through an examination of three generations of women's fiction in the post-Romantic period, this book challenges traditional readings of women's novels and argues that fiction writing for women has often been a matter of self-erasure rather than self-inscription. In particular, it examines the changing strategies, sometimes collusive and sometimes rebellious, which Charlotte Bronte, Olive Schreiner and Katherine Mansfield employed in their tentative project of inscribing female subjectivity into the novel and story form.
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Crosscurrents

Rather , the female autograph depicts a radically different notion of subjectivity in the relation of her life : her self - relation fundamentally questions ...

Author: David McBride

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 1571130985

Category: History

Page: 260

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Studies of aspects of historical interaction between Germany, Africa and black America.
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Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories

(1988) The Private Self: Theory and Practice of Women's Autobiographical ... (1987) The Female Autograph: Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the ...

Author: Lorraine Code

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134787258

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 560

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The path-breaking Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories is an accessible, multidisciplinary insight into the complex field of feminist thought. The Encyclopedia contains over 500 authoritative entries commissioned from an international team of contributors and includes clear, concise and provocative explanations of key themes and ideas. Each entry contains cross references and a bibliographic guide to further reading; over 50 biographical entries provide readers with a sense of how the theories they encounter have developed out of the lives and situations of their authors.
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Personal Matters

Women's Autobiographical Practice in Twentieth-century China Lingzhen Wang ... the editor of The Female Autograph , states , “ In excising the bio from ...

Author: Lingzhen Wang

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 080475005X

Category: History

Page: 280

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This book studies identity formation and transformation in twentieth-century China by focusing on women's autobiographical writing.
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Telling Lives

Women's Self-Writing in Modern Japan Ronald P. Loftus ... The Female Autograph , 49-56 , in which he argues that although Heian court diaries may be ...

Author: Ronald P. Loftus

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824828348

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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In this fascinating collection of translations, Telling Lives looks at the self-writing of five Japanese women who came of age during the decades leading up to World War II. Following an introduction that situates women’s self-writing against the backdrop of Japan during the 1920s and 1930s, Loftus takes up the autobiographies of Oku Mumeo, a leader of the prewar women’s movement, and Takai Toshio, a textile worker who later became a well-known labor activist. Next is the moving story of Nishi Kyoko, whose Reminiscences tells of her life as a young woman who escapes the oppression of her family and establishes her financial independence. Nishi’s narrative precedes a detailed look at the autobiography of Sata Ineko. Sata’s Between the Lines of My Personal Chronology recounts her years as a member of a proletarian arts circle and her struggle to become a writer. The collection ends with the Marxist Fukunaga Misao’s frank and explosive text Memoirs of a Female Communist, which is examined as a manifesto condemning the male chauvinism of the prewar Japanese Communist Party.
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Women s Voices and Genealogies in Literary Studies in English

In the seminal The Female Autograph Domna Stanton coined the term Iautogynography" drawing attention to the conquest of identity through life writing where ...

Author: Lilla Maria Crisafulli

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527534841

Category: Social Science

Page: 221

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The volume investigates the ‘voice’ of women writers in the development of literary studies, and interrogates how scholars read and teach women’s literary texts. These issues are still crucial for women’s and gender studies today and deserve to be properly investigated and constantly updated. The various essays collected here examine how, and to what extent, ‘women’, across time and space, experimented with new genres or forms of expression in order to transform, question, resist or paradoxically consolidate gender discriminations and dominant ideologies: patriarchy, colonialism, slavery and racism, imperialism, religion, and (hetero)sexuality. Women’s Voices and Genealogies in Literary Studies in English is addressed to MA and PhD students in women’s and gender studies, and to all those students or young scholars who are interested in gender methodologies as a mode of practice in literary criticism and analysis. The authors of the volume share a long-standing experience in women’s and gender studies and in teaching English women’s literature, literary criticism and feminist methodologies and theories to students from different national origins.
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Virginia Woolf s Renaissance

Woman Reader or Common Reader? ... A Poetics of Women's Autobiography: Marginality and the Fictions of Self-Representation. ... The Female Autograph.

Author: Juliet Dusinberre

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349256440

Category: Fiction

Page: 281

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Dusinberre's book explores Woolf's search, in The Common Reader and other non-fictional writings, for an alternative literary tradition for women. Of equal interest to students of Virginia Woolf and of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writing, it discusses Montaigne, Donne, Sir John Harington, Dorothy Osborne, Madame de Sevigne, Pepys and Bunyan, together with forms of writing, such as essays, letters and diaries, traditionally associated with women. Questions about printing, the body and the relation between amateurs and professionals create fascinating connections between the early modern period and Virginia Woolf.
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Women Writers and the Dark Side of Late Victorian Hellenism

Fowler, Rowena, 'On Not Knowing Greek: the Classics and the Woman of ... Female Grandmatologies and the Female Autograph', in The Female Autograph, ed.

Author: T. Olverson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230246805

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 237

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Examining the appropriation of transgressive, violent female figures from ancient Greek literature and myth by late Victorian writers, Olverson reveals the extent to which ancient antagonists like the murderous Medea and the sinister Circe were employed as a means to protest against and comment upon contemporary social and political institutions.
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Women Education and the Self

In rewriting her life, the author of the female self does not produce an autobiography but a female autograph.14 The construction of the autograph, ...

Author: M. Tamboukou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230513945

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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Maria Tamboukou links Foucauldian ideas to feminism and education. Its central argument is that the Foucauldian notion of 'technologies of the self' needs to be gendered and contextualized. This argument is pursued through a genealogical analysis of autobiographical texts of women educators in the UK at the turn of the nineteenth century. This is a new theoretical approach, since Foucault's work has proved to be of great interest to feminist scholars but as yet, his theories have only intermittently been used in educational feminist work.
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Women Writing and Fetishism 1890 1950

Female Cross-gendering Clare L. Taylor ... The Female Autograph : Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century ( 1984 ...

Author: Clare L. Taylor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199244103

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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Clare L. Taylor investigates the problematic question of female fetishism within modernist women's writing, 1890-1950. Drawing on gender and psychoanalytic theory, she re-examines the works of Sarah Grand, Radclyffe Hall, H.D., Djuna Barnes, and Anaïs Nin in the context of clinical discourses of sexology and psychoanalysis to present an alternative theory of female fetishism, challenging the clinical perspective that denies the existence of the perversion in women. Theauthor identifies a distinctive writing practice: fetishism, as envisioned by modernist women writers, is both sexual and textual. She shows how these writers produce a discourse that speaks of the very literariness of fetishism, bringing to the fore questions of gendered embodiment, women's writing, andsexual difference, and demonstrating how the cross-gendered woman as both the subject and the object of desire lies at the centre of this discourse.
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Late Medieval German Women s Poetry

The Female Autograph, as Domna C. Stanton calls it, can now also be identified within German-speaking lands.51 The present English translation of those ...

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Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 9781843842965

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 157

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A considerable collection of German women's poetry in translation, results of ingenious archival research.
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The Feminization of Quest Romance

“Ceremonies of the Alphabet: Female Grandmatologies and the Female Autograph.” In The Female Autograph: Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the Tenth ...

Author: Dana A. Heller

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292724716

Category: Literary Criticism

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What happens when a woman dares to imagine herself a hero? Questing, she sets out for unknown regions. Lighting a torch, she elicits from the darkness stories never told or heard before. The woman hero sails against the tides of great legends that recount the adventures of heroic men, legends deemed universal, timeless, and essential to our understanding of the natural order that holds us and completes us in its spiral. Yet these myths and rituals do not fulfill her need for an empowering self-image nor do they grant her the mobility she requires to imagine, enact, and represent her quest for authentic self-knowledge. The Feminization of Quest-Romance proposes that a female quest is a revolutionary step in both literary and cultural terms. Indeed, despite the difficulty that women writers face in challenging myths, rituals, psychological theories, and literary conventions deemed universal by a culture that exalts masculine ideals and universalizes male experience, a number of revolutionary texts have come into existence in the second half of the twentieth century by such American women writers as Jean Stafford, Mary McCarthy, Anne Moody, Marilynne Robinson, and Mona Simpson, all of them working to redefine the literary portrayal of American women's quests. They work, in part, by presenting questing female characters who refuse to accept the roles accorded them by restrictive social norms, even if it means sacrificing themselves in the name of rebellion. In later texts, female heroes survive their "lighting out" experiences to explore diverse alternatives to the limiting roles that have circumscribed female development. This study of The Mountain Lion, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, Coming of Age in Mississippi, Housekeeping, and Anywhere but Here identifies transformations of the quest-romance that support a viable theory of female development and offer literary patterns that challenge the male monopoly on transformative knowledge and heroic action.
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Out in Public

Configurations of Women's Bodies in Nineteenth-century America Alison Piepmeier ... Preface to The Female Autograph : Theory and Practice of Autobiography ...

Author: Alison Piepmeier

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807855693

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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Images of the corseted, domestic, white middle-class female and the black woman as slave mammy or jezebel loom large in studies of nineteenth-century womanhood, despite recent critical work exploring alternatives to those images. In Out in Public,
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Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts

The Female Autograph , pp . 5–22 . ed . The Female Autograph : Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century .

Author: Barbara H. Gold

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791432467

Category: Literary Criticism

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Examines interrelated topics in Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature: the status of women as writers, the status of women as rhetorical figures, and the status of women in society from the fifth to the early seventeenth century.
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