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Women’s Life Writing and the Practice of Reading

To be published in June 2018,
by Palgrave Macmillan (Life Writing Series)

Women’s Life Writing and the Practice of Reading, She Reads to Write Herself is a volume of essays edited by Faaam members Valérie Baisnée-Kaye, Corinne Bigot, Nicoleta Alexoae Zagni and Claire Bazin, published by Palgrave Macmillan, in their Life Writing Series

Table of Contents
Introduction 1
Valérie Baisnée-Keay

Part I: Reading, Writing & Othering/Authoring themselves 20
1 Contrapuntal Reading in Women’s Comics: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Ellen Forney’s Marbles 21
Julia Watson and Sidonie Smith
2 Rimbaud’s Daughter or Ginsberg’s Son? Patti Smith’s Literary Fathers and Mothers in Just Kids (2010) 46
Stephanie Genty
3 Reading and Rewriting Herself: Anna Jameson’s Literary Exploration of Canada
(1837) 67
Anne-Florence Quaireau
4 “The trouble with a book…”: Reading, Writing and Transgression in Jeanette Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? (2011) 87
Valérie Baisnée-Keay

Part II: Reading and Misreading the Canon 109
5 The Art of Mis-Reading: Life’s Writing in Virginia Woolf’s Essays 110
Nicolas-Pierre Boileau
6 Plunged in a Book: Nathalie Sarraute, Monique Wittig, Hélène Cixous and The Literature of Experience 130
Ann Jefferson
7 Nancy Huston’s Bad Girl: Classes de littérature: When the Autobiographer Plays Hooky 145
Anne-Claire Marpeau

Part III: Reading as Resistance and Emancipation 168
8 The Diary of Alice James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Reader 169
Laure de Nervaux-Gavoty
9 Reading as Emancipation in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs (1861) 189
Delphine Louis-Dimitrov
10 Hannah Crafts’ Dialogizing Autobiography, The Bondwoman’s Narrative 213
Josette Spartacus
11 Janet Frame’s Autobiographical Trilogy: Birth of an Oeuvre 230
Claire Bazin

Part IV: Reading to Write Herself in the World 245
12 Writing Herself as/in Reading the Others in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being (2013) 246
Nicoleta Alexoae-Zagni
13 Haunting Books and Stories in Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Postethnic Family Memoir Honey and Ashes (1998) 271
Corinne Bigot
14: Reading Fathers, Writing Self: Selfhood Dissolved in Maxine Hong Kingston’s Poetic Memoir I Love a Broad Margin to My Life (2011) 292
Joan Chiung-huei Chang

Part V Reading Herself through Oral and Written Traditions 312
15 Homemade Tales of Homespun Lives: The Shared Search for Identity in Culinary Memoirs 313
Virginia Sherman
16 Reading Culture(s) in American Indian Women Writers’ Autobiographical Essays 333
Ludmila Martanovschi
17 “Books. Why?” Staging the Reading Act in Louise Erdrich’s Autobiographical Texts 355
Elisabeth Bouzonviller

General Bibliography 377

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