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The Limits of Autobiography par Leigh Gilmore

The Limits of Autobiography Leigh Gilmore

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Memoirs in which trauma takes a major-or the major-role challenge the limits of autobiography. Leigh Gilmore presents a series of limit-cases-texts that combine elements of autobiography, fiction, biography, history, and theory while representing...

The Limits of Autobiography Résumé

The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony Leigh Gilmore

Memoirs in which trauma takes a major-or the major-role challenge the limits of autobiography. Leigh Gilmore presents a series of limit-cases-texts that combine elements of autobiography, fiction, biography, history, and theory while representing trauma and the self-and demonstrates how and why their authors swerve from the formal constraints of autobiography when the representation of trauma coincides with self-representation. Gilmore maintains that conflicting demands on both the self and narrative may prompt formal experimentation by such writers and lead to texts that are not, strictly speaking, autobiography, but are nonetheless deeply engaged with its central concerns.

In astute and compelling readings of texts by Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Dorothy Allison, Mikal Gilmore, Jamaica Kincaid, and Jeanette Winterson, Gilmore explores how each of them poses the questions, How have I lived? How will I live? in relation to the social and psychic forms within which trauma emerges. Challenging the very boundaries of autobiography as well as trauma, these stories are not told in conventional ways: the writers testify to how self-representation and the representation of trauma grow beyond simple causes and effects, exceed their duration in time, and connect to other forms of historical, familial, and personal pain. In their movement from an overtly testimonial form to one that draws on legal as well as literary knowledge, such texts produce an alternative means of confronting kinship, violence, and self-representation.

The Limits of Autobiography Avis

Leigh Gilmore's The Limits of Autobiography is a fine addition to the body of excellent recent work in trauma studies, and is highly recommended for all working in the mental health disciplines.... The writing is extremely fine throughout, and the book is a rich cornucopia of literary and psychological analyses, theoretical sophistication, and interdisciplinary connectedness; these treasures can only be suggested here.

-- Marilyn Nissim-Sabat * Metapsychology Online Review *

Through theoretically nuanced, lucid, and insightful readings, Gilmore demonstrates the ability of narrative to transform trauma, to speak to a certain truth about the relationship between trauma and identity that goes beyond the exigencies of accuracy and objectivity that pertain to a juridical contect.... Any reader interested in the myriad interpenetrations of violence, the law, identity, family, and life writing will find much to admire in this impressive study.

-- Susannah B. Mintz * Biography *

Gilmore offers astute and compelling commentaries in relation to the social and psychic forms within which selected autobiographers told their personal stories in literate and unconventional ways.... Informative, thought-provoking chapters comprise this unique and highly recommended contribution to the literary study of the autobiography.

* The Bookwatch *

À propos de Leigh Gilmore

Leigh Gilmore, Visiting Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University, is a feminist scholar of life writing, trauma, and law. She is the author of two books published by Cornell UP, The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony and Autobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Self-Representation, and the author of Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives, co-author of Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition, and co-editor of Autobiography and Postmodernism. She is a frequent analyst of the #MeToo movement.

Sommaire

Introduction - the limits of autobiography; represent yourself; bastard testimony - incest and illegitimacy in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina; there will always be a father - transference and the auto/biographical demand in Mikal Gilmore's Shot in the Heart; there will always be a mother - serial autobiography and Jamaica Kincaid; without names - an anatomy of absence in Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body; conclusion - the knowing subject and an alternative jurisprudence of trauma.

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The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony Leigh Gilmore
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Cornell University Press
20010123
176
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