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She left nothing in particular : the autobiographical legacy of nineteenth-century women's diaries /
Amy L. Wink.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2001.
description
xxxvi, 162 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1572331453 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2001.
isbn
1572331453 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4592487
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Amy L. Wink has been a visiting assistant professor at universities in Texas and Kansas and is currently an independent scholar.
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Reference & Research Book News, November 2001
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Summaries
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With searing irony, Virginia Woolf's story "The Legacy" describes a self-absorbed widower's all-too-typical response to the fifteen-volume diary left by his wife: he dismisses it as "nothing in particular". In contrast to that character's trivializing, contemporary feminist scholars have found diaries to be a rich resource for investigating the lives of "ordinary" women. No other documents reveal so completely what one scholar has called "life lived as a process".In this book, Amy L. Wink offers a probing examination of diaries kept by nineteenth-century American women. Her sources include accounts by women who chronicled their lives on the Overland Trail, the journals of two women married sequentially to the same psychologically abusive man, and the diaries of Confederate women who used their writings to comprehend their emotional and spiritual responses to the turmoil of the Civil War. As Wink notes, such writings demonstrate not only what these women experienced but also how they dealt withand understood that experience.Wink's analysis combines the contemporary arguments of theoretical postmodernism, which posits a decentered self constructed entirely of external forces, and practical psychology, which argues for individual self-understanding and self-conceptualization as a means to mental stability. The diary, Wink contends, reveals the flexibility of identity and how, through the act of writing, women have fortified and maintained their self-understanding as well as adapted and altered that understanding as circumstances dictated.An impressive contribution to a growing body of scholarship, She Left Nothing in Particular sheds new light on the creative processes by whichwomen, in the midst of change, have struggled to maintain their mental equilibrium and to answer the question, "How do I know who I am?"
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With searing irony, Virginia Woolf's story "The Legacy" describes a self-absorbed widower's all-too-typical response to the fifteen-volume diary left by his wife: he dismisses it as "nothing in particular." In contrast to that character's trivializing, contemporary feminist scholars have found diaries to be a rich resource for investigating the lives of "ordinary" women. No other documents reveal so completely what one scholar has called "life lived as a process." In this book, Amy L. Wink offers a probing examination of diaries kept by nineteenth-century American women. Her sources include accounts by women who chronicled their lives on the Overland Trail, the journals of two women married sequentially to the same psychologically abusive man, & the diaries of Confederate women who used their writings to comprehend their emotional & spiritual responses to the turmoil of the Civil War. As Wink notes, such writings demonstrate not only what these women experienced but also how they dealt with & understood that experience. Wink's analysis combines the contemporary arguments of theoretical postmodernism, which posits a decentered self constructed entirely of external forces, & practical psychology, which argues for individual self-understanding & self-conceptualization as a means to mental stability. The diary, Wink contends, reveals the flexibility of identity & how, through the act of writing, women have fortified & maintained their self-understanding as well as adapted & altered that understanding as circumstances dictated. An impressive contribution to a growing body of scholarship, She Left Nothing in Particular sheds new light on the creative processes by which women, in the midst of change, have struggled to maintain their mental equilibrium & to answer the question, "How do I know who I am?"
Main Description
"Wink creates a book that will be indispensable to teachers and students of literature, theory of autobiography, southern American history, women's studies, and American studies."--Suzanne Bunkers, Minnesota State University "A great addition to the study of women's writings."--Mary D. Robinson, Armstrong State University With searing irony, Virginia Woolf's story "The Legacy" describes a self-absorbed widower's all-too-typical response to the fifteen-volume diary left by his wife: he dismisses it as "nothing in particular." In contrast to that character's trivializing, contemporary feminist scholars have found diaries to be a rich resource for investigating the lives of "ordinary" women. No other documents reveal so completely what one scholar has called "life lived as a process." In this book, Amy L. Wink offers a probing examination of diaries kept by nineteenth-century American women. Her sources include accounts by women who chronicled their lives on the Overland Trail, the journals of two women married sequentially to the same psychologically abusive man, and the diaries of Confederate women who used their writings to comprehend their emotional and spiritual responses to the turmoil of the Civil War. As Wink notes, such writings demonstrate not only what these women experienced but also how they dealt with and understood that experience. Wink's analysis combines the contemporary arguments of theoretical postmodernism, which posits a decentered self constructed entirely of external forces, and practical psychology, which argues for individual self-understanding and self-conceptualization as a means to mental stability. The diary, Wink contends, reveals the flexibility of identity and how, through the act of writing, women have fortified and maintained their self-understanding as well as adapted and altered that understanding as circumstances dictated. An impressive contribution to a growing body of scholarship, She Left Nothing in Particular sheds new light on the creative processes by which women, in the midst of change, have struggled to maintain their mental equilibrium and to answer the question, "How do I know who I am?" The Author: Amy L. Wink earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-College Station. She has been a visiting assistant professor at universities in Texas and Kansas and is currently an independent scholar. Her articles and reviews have appeared in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, South Central Review, Studies in the Novel, and the NWSA Journal.
Main Description
"Wink creates a book that will be indispensable to teachers and students of literature, theory of autobiography, southern American history, women's studies, and American studies."-Suzanne Bunkers, Minnesota State University "A great addition to the study of women's writings."-Mary D. Robinson, Armstrong State University With searing irony, Virginia Woolf's story "The Legacy" describes a self-absorbed widower's all-too-typical response to the fifteen-volume diary left by his wife: he dismisses it as "nothing in particular." In contrast to that character's trivializing, contemporary feminist scholars have found diaries to be a rich resource for investigating the lives of "ordinary" women. No other documents reveal so completely what one scholar has called "life lived as a process." In this book, Amy L. Wink offers a probing examination of diaries kept by nineteenth-century American women. Her sources include accounts by women who chronicled their lives on the Overland Trail, the journals of two women married sequentially to the same psychologically abusive man, and the diaries of Confederate women who used their writings to comprehend their emotional and spiritual responses to the turmoil of the Civil War. As Wink notes, such writings demonstrate not only what these women experienced but also how they dealt with and understood that experience. Wink's analysis combines the contemporary arguments of theoretical postmodernism, which posits a decentered self constructed entirely of external forces, and practical psychology, which argues for individual self-understanding and self-conceptualization as a means to mental stability. The diary, Wink contends, reveals the flexibility of identity and how, through the act of writing, women have fortified and maintained their self-understanding as well as adapted and altered that understanding as circumstances dictated. An impressive contribution to a growing body of scholarship, She Left Nothing in Particular sheds new light on the creative processes by which women, in the midst of change, have struggled to maintain their mental equilibrium and to answer the question, "How do I know who I am?" The Author: Amy L. Wink earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M UniversityCollege Station. She has been a visiting assistant professor at universities in Texas and Kansas and is currently an independent scholar. Her articles and reviews have appeared in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, South Central Review, Studies in the Novel, and the NWSA Journal.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introduction: Reading Women in the Act of Writingp. x
Written into the Landscape: Negotiating Place and Identity in Women's Overland Trail Diariesp. 2
Narratives of Resistance: Negotiating Abuse and the Endangered Selfp. 50
"When shall this warfare in my soul be ended?": Negotiating Private Conflict and Public Crisisp. 82
Something in Particular: Writing, Journals, and the Evidence of Presencep. 122
Notesp. 134
Works Citedp. 145
Indexp. 156
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