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Permeable Constructedness

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Material Information

Title: Permeable Constructedness Exploring Multi-Discursive Subjectivity in Three Experimental Autobiographies
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Johnson, Chantal
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2006
Publication Date: 2006

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Autobiography
Subjectivity
Postmodern
Experimental
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis explores three experimental autobiographies by women. I argue that Lyn Hejinian, Anne Carson, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha prove that the notion of a unified autobiographical �I� is a fiction. Instead, their works propose that the autobiographical subject is, as Betty Bergland has argued, �a dynamic subject that changes over time, is situated historically in the world and positioned in multiple discourses.� The first chapter uses Lyn Hejinian�s My Life to raise three of experimental autobiography�s major concerns: that autobiography is more artificial than �natural�; that writing, not experience, creates the autobiographical subject; and that postmodern identity is hybrid and multi-discursive. The second chapter argues that Theresa Cha's Dict�e is a revisionist project that combines both the epic and the lyric voice to avoid simple nationalism and emphasize the importance of the subjective. The final chapter highlights how Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red improves upon both the postmodern and Romantic traditions of self-formation to create a text which is lyrically beautiful, intellectually complex, and politically engaged.
Statement of Responsibility: by Chantal Johnson
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2006
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Wallace, Miriam

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2006 J6
System ID: NCFE003655:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003655/00001

Material Information

Title: Permeable Constructedness Exploring Multi-Discursive Subjectivity in Three Experimental Autobiographies
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Johnson, Chantal
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2006
Publication Date: 2006

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Autobiography
Subjectivity
Postmodern
Experimental
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis explores three experimental autobiographies by women. I argue that Lyn Hejinian, Anne Carson, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha prove that the notion of a unified autobiographical �I� is a fiction. Instead, their works propose that the autobiographical subject is, as Betty Bergland has argued, �a dynamic subject that changes over time, is situated historically in the world and positioned in multiple discourses.� The first chapter uses Lyn Hejinian�s My Life to raise three of experimental autobiography�s major concerns: that autobiography is more artificial than �natural�; that writing, not experience, creates the autobiographical subject; and that postmodern identity is hybrid and multi-discursive. The second chapter argues that Theresa Cha's Dict�e is a revisionist project that combines both the epic and the lyric voice to avoid simple nationalism and emphasize the importance of the subjective. The final chapter highlights how Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red improves upon both the postmodern and Romantic traditions of self-formation to create a text which is lyrically beautiful, intellectually complex, and politically engaged.
Statement of Responsibility: by Chantal Johnson
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2006
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Wallace, Miriam

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2006 J6
System ID: NCFE003655:00001

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