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[2011] Life Writing Life Writing

In the history of Western literature, life writing--a category which includes autobiography, biography, diary, epistles, memoir, travels, etc.-- is a widely popular narrative form on account of its representation and translation of quotidian reality and cultural phenomena. Life writing not only deals with writing in generic terms, but is concerned with life itself and so escapes the risk of isolating the self from the many Others in the community. The ethic of life writing lies in overcoming the narrowness of one’s own vision, and examining and situating the self in the communal and collective contexts of human relations. Even though memory, upon which life writing depends, begins with the individual, it is nonetheless regarded as a social construct due to the rapport between the individual and society. The memory of the individual contributes to construction of collective memories in one way or another.
Life Writing, edited and introduced by Yuan-wen Chi and Yu-cheng Lee, surveys the transformation and development of the form in the history of Western culture. The twelve essays in the book cover a variety of topics of current interest. Part I examines the interrelationship between mainstream American literature and minority/ethnic literature, including Asian American and Native American Literature, ecological writings, and memoirs by the disabled and adoptees. The arguments explore the transnational and intercultural experiences and traumas of ethnic groups in different contexts, while reflecting deeply on ecological disasters resulting from global capitalism. Part II investigates the European female autobiography and the life stories of Chinese Australian writers. Each paper from the collection interprets a specific writer and his/her works within a referential framework related to the subject matter, and deciphers the representation of codes and metaphors in the text, respectively.
With a transnational and intercultural trajectory, the twelve essays in the book analyze texts by authors from the Asian Pacific, Europe and America chronologically, ranging from the medieval to the present. The book gives voice to minority groups focued on issues of class, gender, race, ecology, and transnational adoption. It presents life writing as the invention of an alternative genre about life which subverts traditional writing styles, and in multifaceted forms, depicts various manners of life. The book also responds to the ethical turn of life writing by reconsidering and reevaluating the value of alterity in the context of globalization, and examining the complex and sophisticated relationships between self and society, memory and history, the individual and the collective.

 

Contents

 

序言 / 單德興   iii
緒論 / 紀元文李有成     1
第一輯  
翻譯的生命:容閎、留學、跨國主體性 / 王智明   19
說故事.創新生:析論湯亭亭的《第五和平書》 / 單德興   49
「卡洛斯」的美國夢:卜婁杉《美國在心中》的「自我」書寫 / 傅士珍   83
血緣/血言:《血之語言》與跨國收養書寫 / 馮品佳 111
美國原住民的自我書寫與生命創化:以荷根與安娺姿為例 / 黃心雅 137
混血風景:維茲諾與歐溫斯的生命書寫 / 梁一萍 175
史耐德與生命書寫/詩學 / 蔡振興 207
敘述發現:《路易斯與克拉爾克的日記》中之自然史論述與國族文化建構 / 盧莉茹 235
第二輯  
身體與文本的對話:閱讀《瑪喬芮坎普之書》 / 劉雪珍 273
女性友誼通信小說的出版與閱讀:法國十八世紀女作家與讀者—友人的感性分享 / 秦曼儀 307
W島的運動寓言與/或童年回憶 / 許綺玲 367
況味人生:黃貞才與伍曠琴之膳飲與生命書寫 / 李翠玉 405
作者簡介 439
索引 443

 


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