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The Female Autograph Domna Stanton

The Female Autograph

Domna Stanton

Published January 1st 1984
ISBN : 9780931196096
Library Binding
304 pages
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These original essays comprise a fascinating investigation into womens strategies for writing the self—constructing the female subject through autobiography, memoirs, letters, and diaries. The collection contains theoretical essays by Donna Stanton,MoreThese original essays comprise a fascinating investigation into womens 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 womens autographs, such as Richard Bowrings study of tenth-century Japanese diaries or Janel Muellers 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- Mendelssohns 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. Stantons essay plays off Virginia Woolfs A Room of Ones 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.