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Temporalities, Autobiography and Everyday Life
Jan Campbell   Janet Harbord  

$107.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 7/1/2002
ISBN: 9780719055751    

304 Pages

Canadian rights only.
Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

Autobiography has in recent years become something of a 'hot topic' for cultural theory, at the centre of debates about subjectivity, history, memory, authority and ethics. Narratives of the self have materially located abstract theoretical paradigms, challenging the tenets of an anonymous post-structuralism and a decentred postmodernism. In this text, the concept of autobiographical practice is expanded to take into consideration recent work on the role of the intellectual, and the areas of cultural geography, historiography and new technologies.

Contibutors address key questions for the practice of autobiography: What are the consequences of replacing macro narratives of modernity with the personal micro-narratives of postmodernity, and does self-reflexivity threaten the efficacy of theory? How far can personal accounts challenge official histories, and how is authority acquired by different versions? How is autobiography constructed through, or inflected by, the environment? Is autobiography a particularly compelling medium for narratives of diasporic or nomadic existence, flux and displacement? Is the idea of the sovereign self constituted through, or challenged by, new technologies?

About the Author(s)

Jan Campbell lectures in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Janet Harbord lectures in Film Studies at Goldsmiths' College, University of London.

Table of Contents

Part One - Autobiography and academic voice
1. Platitudes of everyday life? - Janet Harbord
2. Making the difference: postcolonial theory and the politics of memory - Anita Rupprecht
3. Maternal memories and cultural methodologies - Jan Campbell
4. Heroes - Jackie Stacey

Part Two - Narratives of space and place
5. Memory and the city - Steve Pile
6. Collecting practices and autobiography: the role of objects in the mnemonic landscape of nation - Lynda Dyson
7. 'Because it gives me speed' - travel, freedom and revenge in Indian families - Gargi Bhattacharyya
8. Small towns, boys and Ivory Towers: A naked academic - Stephen Maddison

Part Three - Time, history, memory
9. The eye and the hand: clairvoyant's narratives and identity in England - Elizabeth Hallam
10. Time, history, memory: photographic life narratives and the albums of strangers - John Stotesbury
11. Technology, trauma and representation: Holocaust testimony and videotape - Simone Clarke
12. Women and war that never happened: British women, autobiography and memory during the Gulf War - Lucy Noakes

Part Four - Technolgies of the self
13. Crossing boundaries - Denis Doran
14. Kin and clone: contemporary biotechnonlgies of the self - Sarah Kember
15. Surveying the self: broadcast from home video as cultural technology - Nicole Matthews
16. The end of autobiography or new beginnings? Everything you never knew you would know about someone you will probably never meet - Michael Renov


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Related Topics

Literature > Literary Criticism
Cultural Studies

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