제목 : Academic Autobiography and Women of Color Feminisms: Narrating a Critical Practice
- 저자 : Rocío G. Davi     - 조회수 : 638  - Download : 29
- 참 조 : 영미문학페미니즘 제18권 2호 (2010)  
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Academic autobiography, a life writing text that combines in superlative ways the private and the public, has received increasing critical attention in the last couple of decades. The intersection between one’s personal life and professional commitment has become fertile ground for theoretical exploration as we examine the ways autobiographical and professional writing function together, ask if we can read autobiographical writing from professional perspectives or, alternatively, study to what extent scholarship grows
from personal experiences. This essay examines autobiographies by academics in the United States and Canada who have spearheaded reexaminations of women of color feminism in North America— Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Leila Ahmed, and Vijay Agnew. These womendemonstrate a critical consciousness of the connections between
personal life and academic commitment and enact the ways experience has modified theory. Their autobiographies reflect their negotiation with intellectual issues in their own lives, to the point where they describe how their own experiences became the basis for
their scholarly theories. These women’s use of life stories to illuminate the theories they promote becomes itself a feminist gesture that challenges the patriarchal structure of academic arguments. I suggest that this lived theory, apart from giving their
practitioners agency, is simultaneously a more nuanced and potent approach to the problems women have in society and in the academe.


Key Words: academic autobiography, women of color feminism,
Shirley Lim, Leila Ahmed, Vijay Agnew



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