From Girl to Woman: American Women's Coming-of-Age Narratives

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SUNY Press, 27 mars 2003 - 202 pages
From Girl to Woman examines the coming-of-age narratives of a diverse group of American women writers, including Annie Dillard, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Mary McCarthy, and explores the crucial role of such narratives in the development of American feminism. Women have long known that identity is complex and contradictory, but in the twentieth century their coming-of-age narratives finally voice this knowledge. Addressing a variety of themes awakening sexuality, the body s metamorphosis in puberty, consciousness of difference from males, and the socialization into feminine gender roles these narratives reject the heroine s narrative ending in romance, allowing American women writers to create alternative subjectivities by rejecting the notion that identity is ever fixed. While activists have succeeded in winning legal battles that have changed the legal status of women, these narratives perform the cultural work of exposing the painful contradictions faced by women as they come of age.
 

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Identity and the ComingofAge Narrative
1
Recreating Womanhood
10
Feminism Autobiography and Theories of Subjectivity
23
Feminism and the Autobiographical Act
26
Western Theories of Subjectivity
36
Feminist Poststructuralist Revisions of Subjectivity
43
Coming of Age in America
47
Historical Accounts of Adolescence
49
Specifying the Universal in an American Childhood
76
Hegemonic Inscription of the Body in Coming of Age in Mississippi
91
Lying Contests Fictional Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction
109
Signifying Coming of Age
114
Janies Ways of Knowing
120
Room for Paradoxes Creating a Hybrid Identity
133
The Education of Kate Simon
136
The Woman Warrior
148

Psychological Accounts of Coming of Age
54
Literary Accounts of Coming of Age
59
The ComingofAge Narrative
64
American Grand Narratives of Coming of Age
66
Specifying American Girlhood Annie Dillard and Anne Moody
75
Notes
161
Works Cited
177
Index
191
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Christy Rishoi is Professor of English at Mott College.

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