Exploring the connections between autobiography and postmodernism, this book addresses self-representation in a variety of literatures - Native American, British, Chicana, immigrant, and lesbian, among others - in genres as diverse as poetry, naming, confession, photography, and the manifesto. The essays examine how different writers respond to the culturally specific pressures of genre, how these constraints are negotiated, and what self-representation reveals about the politics of identity. In contrast to those critics of postmodernism who fear the dissolution of the active subject, the contributors here demonstrate that autobiography gives postmodernism a discourse through which to theorise human agency. The autobiographical subject that emerges is not the decentered human agent of so many versions of postmodernism, but the producer of texts that call attention to the contradictions in dominant modes of self-representation, and demonstrate the possibilities of writing from other locations.
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press