In this Book

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The thirteen essays in this volume come from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, South Africa, and Hawai‘i. With a shared focus on the specific local conditions that influence the ways in which life narratives are told, the authors engage with a variety of academic disciplines, including anthropology, history, media studies, and literature, to challenge claims that life writing is an exclusively Western phenomenon. Addressing the common desire to reflect on lived experience, the authors enlist interdisciplinary perspectives to interrogate the range of cultural forms available for representing and understanding lives.

Contributors: Maria Faini, Kenneth George, Philip Holden, David T. Hill, Craig Howes, Bryan Kuwada, Kirin Narayan, Maureen Perkins, Peter Read, Tony Simoes da Silva, Mathilda Slabbert, Gerry van Klinken, Pei-yi Wu.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Never the Twain: Life Writing’s Geographical Contexts
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Refusing the Cultural Turn: Amir Muhammad’s Politics of Surfaces
  2. pp. 15-34
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  1. Life Writing and the Making of Companionable Objects: Reflections on Sunaryo’s Titik Nadir
  2. pp. 35-54
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  1. “These people are my people, these places are my places”: Cultural Hybridity and Identity in South African Artist David Kramer’s Oeuvre
  2. pp. 55-82
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  1. Under New Management: Whiteness in Post-Apartheid South African Life Writing
  2. pp. 83-96
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  1. Martin Amis, Mimetic Contracts, and Life Writing Pacts: A Story about 9/11
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. Hidden Heroes: Cultural Interaction and Nationalism in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Hawaiian Biographies
  2. pp. 115-138
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  1. Ethics, Oral History, and Interpreters in the Iraq War
  2. pp. 139-168
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  1. “Don’t write this”: Researching Provincial Biographies in Indonesia
  2. pp. 169-192
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  1. Biography in the Court Room? Far from a Final Judgment
  2. pp. 193-214
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  1. Writing Lives in Exile: Autobiographies of the Indonesian Left Abroad
  2. pp. 215-238
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  1. Local Boons: The Many Lives of Family Stories
  2. pp. 239-258
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  1. The Jiwen of Shen Cheng for his Daughter Azhen
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 263-265
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824837730
Related ISBN
9780824837303
MARC Record
OCLC
861528066
Launched on MUSE
2012-10-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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