Border Crossings : Essays in Identity and Belonging (Life Writing)

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Border Crossings : Essays in Identity and Belonging (Life Writing)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 154 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781138671096
  • DDC分類 809

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The border between intimate memory and historical revelation is explored in this wide-ranging collection, which features original contributions from leading figures in the life-writing field from Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK, and the USA.The transmission and preservation of personal knowledge and stories from generation to generation frequently requires crossing into the private, contested spaces of memory. The most secret accounts or guarded remnants of information can sometimes lead to the most profound insights. In this context, there is a delicate balance between life writing's role in revealing lives and the desire to be respectful towards them. As the essays in this book attest, exposing secrets, even if humiliating, can be a way of honouring lives. Throughout runs the framing theme of memory as the source of all intergenerational transmission of culture and history-whether relating to family, community, nation, ancestry, or political allegiance-and the importance of the intimate and personal in that process of handing on.This book was originally published as a special issue of Life Writing.

Table of Contents

Citation Information                               vi
Notes on Contributors viii
Introduction: Thresholds and Boundaries 1 (6)
Paul Longley
Leena Kurvet-Kaosaar
1 Family Memoir and Self-Discovery 7 (12)
Jeremy D. Popkin
2 Voices in Movement: Feminist Family 19 (22)
Stories in Oral History and Sound Art
Margaretta Jolly
3 The Epistolary Dynamics of Sisterhood 41 (16)
Across the Iron Curtain
Leena Kurvet-Kaosaar
4 The Odyssey Quilts: Narrative Artworks of 57 (40)
Childhood, War, and Migration
Nonja Peters
5 Is Autobiographical Writing a Historical 97 (12)
Document?: The Impact of Self-Censorship on
Life Narratives
Magda Stroihska
Vikki Cecchetto
6 Material Memory and the Digital 109 (14)
Paul Longley
7 Because it's Your Country: Death and its 123 (22)
Meanings in West Arnhem Land
Martin Thomas
8 `From Organic Acts': Tsamorita, Rosaries, 145 (6)
and the Poem of My Grandma's Life
Craig Santos Perez
Index 151