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Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text (Paperback)
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Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/06/2018
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In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth and -twenty-first century American writers and artists each of whom employ a mix of written and visual forms of self-narration. Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, Wong argues that grappling with the breakdown of stable definitions of identity and unmediated representation, these writers-artists experiment with hybrid autobiography in image and text to break free of inherited visual-verbal regimes and revise painful histories. These works provide an interart focus for examining the possibilities of self-representation and self-narration, the boundaries of life writing, and the relationship between image and text.

Wong considers eight writers-artists including comic-book author Art Spiegelman; Faith Ringgold, known for her story quilts; and celebrated Indigenous writer Leslie Marmon Silko. Wong shows how her subjects formulate webs of intersubjectivity shaped by historical trauma, geography, race, and gender as they envision new possibilities of selfhood and fresh modes of self-narration in word and image.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469640709
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm

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