The rewriting of home: Autobiographies by daughters of immigrants
UNSPECIFIED (2001) The rewriting of home: Autobiographies by daughters of immigrants. In: 12th Annual Conference on the Women's Studies Network, UNIV WARWICK, COVENTRY, ENGLAND, 1999. Published in: WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 24 (3-4). pp. 423-432.Full text not available from this repository.
This article will explore the autobiographies of three writers who were daughters of immigrants (Andre Lorde, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Eva Hoffman), focusing on the connections between the autobiographers and their parents' place of origin. I will argue that this takes the form of a myth of origin: the autobiographers recreate a magical homeland, or the strong emotions of a childhood that resembles a lost paradise. However, they also show the fraught relationship between daughters of immigrants and this place of origin: for all autobiographers who are second-generation im-migrants, "home" can never be fully recovered, but has to be reclaimed and rewritten. On the other hand, Lorde and Kingston, as feminist autobiographers, contest the patriarchal traditions that prevail in their place of origin. They fashion a matrilineal tradition of strong ancestresses that challenges the tradition of fathers and sustains them against the isolation they encounter in the diaspora. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman|
|Journal or Publication Title:||WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM|
|Publisher:||PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD|
|Official Date:||May 2001|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||pp. 423-432|
|Title of Event:||12th Annual Conference on the Women's Studies Network|
|Location of Event:||UNIV WARWICK, COVENTRY, ENGLAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||1999|
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