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Leonie Hannan

its status as a genre of life writing.4 Here, the focus is on how women made use of letter-writing to further their own self-educational or intellectual pursuits. It is the process of engagement with reading, writing and ideas, rather than the product of those efforts, that provides the point of departure. Through this analysis of engagement with intellectual life, the varied contexts of childhood experience, personal relationships, family life and domestic space will come to the fore. Nonetheless, the primary concern of this book is with examples of intellectual

in Women of letters
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Christine E. Hallett

densities of rhetorical, literary, ethical, political, and cultural dimensions’.39 In some ways they appear to argue that the value of autobiography – certainly its ‘truth value’ – goes beyond that of other historical sources. However, they also identify numerous threats to historical accuracy in life writing. Memoirists often present their accounts as histories witnessed from particular perspectives, but their writings go way beyond the mere describing of a remembered past; they also perform ‘rhetorical acts’.40 In their war memoirs, nurses are giving voice to their own

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Experiencing battle
Grace Huxford

composed of a mix of different types of servicemen, with very different levels of prior military experience, age, pay and motivation. The Korean War coincided with a changing of the old guard of Second World War veterans in favour of a smaller, more professional army with a large amount of temporary conscripts. v 53 v 54 The Korean War in Britain By the mid-​1950s few regulars, particularly those at lower ranks, had much experience prior to 1945.6 Some felt that understanding ‘experience’ could help unlock the secret to binding this new Cold War military together. Life-​writing

in The Korean War in Britain
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Elisabeth Chaghafi

take the reverse approach by examining Marlowe’s biography to discover how much of it was in fact ‘constructed’ by critical discourse about his works. Finally, there is the study of ‘life-writing’, whose growing significance is exemplified by the very scale of an ongoing project: the Oxford History of Life-Writing with its projected seven volumes. 19 That particular project is interesting in this context because its scope represents an emphatic statement about the significance of this field of research: stretching from antiquity to the present and surveying

in English literary afterlives
Lizzie Seal

the identity work of the author. Letters and letter writing Letters are ‘documents of life’ in the sense that they are human and personal (Plummer, 2001) and are one of the most prevalent forms of life writing (Stanley, 2004). Although letter writing can be regarded as a ‘dying art’ due to shifts to electronic forms of communication (Plummer, 2001), letters to those in prison represent a continuing use of and need for the form (Maybin, 2000). Letters offer accounts of individual experience and ‘present the subjective point of view’ of the author (Plummer, 2001, p

in Law in popular belief
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Sal Renshaw

9780719069604_5_end1.qxd 07/01/2009 05:04PM Page 191 Conclusion Presenting graceful abundant love Question of the time of mourning: I do not cry in advance – I do not precede – Feeling of grace stronger than everything with me – In the combat between joy and mourning. (Cixous in Cixous and Calle-Gruber, 1997: 98) With the jointly authored publication of Rootprints: Memory and Life Writing Hélène Cixous and Mirielle Calle-Gruber have constructed a thoroughly postmodern textual engagement with the concept of writing the self. This apparently autobiographical

in The subject of love
Narrating nation and identity
Susan Watkins

body of work in autobiographical forms by those of subordinated races and cultures, for example the slave narratives that Morrison discusses in ‘The Site of Memory’. Writers of ‘intercultural’ autobiographies 55 construct a self in the space between different languages and cultures. What has also been termed ‘the life writing of otherness’ necessarily modulates between strategies that dislocate the universal subject and strategies that acknowledge its appeal to the disenfranchised. 56 Lauren Rusk’s first chapter in The Life Writing of Otherness discusses A Room

in Doris Lessing
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Elizabeth Isham’s reading
Isaac Stephens

a result. With echoes of the study of early modern life-writing, a line of scholarship on the history of reading has traced a teleological development of a progressive transition from the medieval practice of communal and social reading to private and silent reading. Key in this transition was the Reformation and the perceived emphasis that Protestantism, especially Calvinism, put on internalized belief. Hence, Cambers focuses on godly reading practices, since Puritans have long held a central place in master narratives chronicling the perceived and steady march

in The gentlewoman’s remembrance
Glyn White

which also makes use of personal photographs and reproductions. Hélène Cixous, with the help of Mireille Calle-Gruber, has produced a similar volume (Rootprints 1997 ) to which Derrida contributed. The inclusion of extracts, fragments and pictorial material co-opts, a dimension of life writing, just as G!as destabilises monological philosophical discourse through its

in Reading the graphic surface
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Peter Beilharz

the medium is talking. I engaged with therapy, but there had to be more, some kind of firmer expression, an Ausdruck or objectification of all this stuff of life. Writing is a process of learning. Learning can also be a process of writing. Writing is central, for me, to seeking to understand. Writing this memoir has been an experience without precedent in my career or in my life. It was a need, but of a different kind from the usual. I was in the transition to retirement, which for me, unlike Bauman, also meant stepping back. I was no longer a working

in Intimacy in postmodern times