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Telling Women's Lives : Subject/Narrator/Reader/Text - Judy Long

Telling Women's Lives

Subject/Narrator/Reader/Text

By: Judy Long

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For centuries, the "great man" format and masculine discourse of biography and autobiography have eclipsed women. If we accept this history, we remain ignorant of "Lady Sarashina," a Japanese woman of the Han period, whose book survives from the 11th century. We overlook Margaret Cavendish and Dame Julian, two early English autobiographers. And we fail to consider sufficiently slave narratives, oral histories, or lesbian "coming out" stories.

Telling Women's Lives assesses existing traditions of autobiography and biography in search of a method capable of conveying the distinctive content of women's lives while retaining the tenor of feminine subjectivity. Drawing on feminist research methodologies of the past two decades as well as anthropology and sociology, Long paves the way for the formulation of an emergent feminist methodology for telling women's lives.

This highly original study seeks to revise and recreate the genre so as to accommodate a feminine discourse, narrator, reader, and subject. The "messiness" of women's lives-the daily work and detail that men have programmatically excluded-acquires new meaning as Long develops here an innovative theory of sociobiography.

"In his book Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music Youth Culture and Social Crisis, Ryan Moore brilliantly situates the histories of several musical styles within the political, economic, and social changes that lead to the development of an assortment of rock subgenres. Moore's engaging book is for scholars of youth culture, pop culture, and any who are interested in music history."-Douglas N. Evans, "Journal of Youth and Adolescence" "Sells Like Teen Spirit combines a fascinating ethnography of San Diego's punk subculture with a profound rumination on the exhaustion of social movements and the emptiness of consumer culture in our society. Moore helps us see how large changes in economics and social relations manifest themselves in seemingly small sites and practices in our everyday lives." -George Lipsitz, author of "Footsteps in the Dark: The Hidden Histories of Popular Music" "Moore's strength is his obvious admiration for the bands and genres he highlights. He is a first-class music journalist and historian and when he delves into a particular subculture like the "econo" ethos of the Minutemen, the Dickies use of "snortcore" or Minor Threat's creation of straightedge, the reader is richly rewarded.̶ -"PopMatters.com", "Moore's deeply personal take on the historical significance of heavy metal is also a refreshing addition to the independent music canon." -"CampusProgress.org", "With endearing authenticity and proper reverence, Moore skillfully articulates the brutal social truths that compel young people to create meaning and subculture out of chaos and anomie. Somewhere, Walter Benjamin and the Ramones are slamming through another brilliant set shouting, 'Hey ho, let's go!!' " -Donna Gaines, author of "A Misfit's Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Telling Women's Livesp. 1
Gender and Genrep. 15
Scribbling Womenp. 27
Translating Darknessp. 45
The Second Person in Social Sciencep. 59
Sociological Life Historyp. 73
Feminist Biographyp. 101
A Feminist Approach to Telling Women's Livesp. 117
Notesp. 135
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 179
About the Authorp. 185
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ISBN: 9780814750742
ISBN-10: 0814750745
Series: Feminist Crosscurrents
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41