Performing the author/mother/merchant/wife: moving subject positions in Minna Canth's autobiography

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dc.contributor.author Saresma, Tuija
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-14T08:50:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-14T08:50:45Z
dc.date.issued 2010 fi
dc.identifier.citation Saresma, T. (2010). Performing the author/mother/merchant/wife: moving subject positions in Minna Canth's autobiography. In T. Lähdesmäki (Ed.), Gender, nation, narration: critical readings of cultural phenomena (pp. 24-39). Jyväskylä studies in humanities (134). Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä. Retrieved from https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/bitstream/handle/123456789/23004/9789513938291.pdf fi
dc.identifier.issn 1459-4323
dc.identifier.other TUTKAID_40411
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/40324
dc.description.abstract Reading autobiography as a performative act enables for the analysis of processes involved in constructing the self. It provides a space for analysing the ways in which gender, nationality, and other social locations of the subject are negotiated. In this article, I read the famous Finnish nineteenth-century playwright and author Minna Canth’s concise autobiography, focusing on various locations of the autobiographical subject in this rather laconic matter-of-fact text. My reading follows current trends in feminist autobiographical theorising as well as feminist politics of reading. I strive to deconstruct the interpretation of autobiographies as dichotomously fixed texts. I suggest a more flexible reading that would take the ambiguities of the genre seriously, such as describing both the public and the private life of the author, constructing the subject of the narrative, both relational and autonomous, in addition to varying stylistically between mere factuality and decorative description. Such a reading takes into account the shifts of the subject positions as well as the styles of narration moving between feminine and masculine, rational and emotional, chronologically organised progress of the plot and a more vague way of organising the narrative according to the inner logic or the unconscious. In analysing the variations of narration, inspired by the theoretical and methodological discussion on intersectionality, I conceptualize autobiography as a site for negotiating and performing various subject positions, thus striving for a non-essential reading of autobiographies.
dc.format.extent 105
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Jyväskylä
dc.relation.ispartof Gender, nation, narration: critical readings of cultural phenomena. Edited by T. Lähdesmäki. Jyväskylä studies in humanities (134). Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä. ISBN 978-951-39-3810-9
dc.relation.ispartofseries Jyväskylä studies in humanities
dc.relation.uri https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/bitstream/handle/123456789/23004/9789513938291.pdf
dc.rights © University of Jyväskylä
dc.subject.other autobiography en
dc.subject.other biographical research en
dc.subject.other citizenship en
dc.subject.other feminist studies en
dc.subject.other gender studies en
dc.subject.other narrative research en
dc.subject.other performativity en
dc.subject.other roles en
dc.subject.other elämäkertatutkimus fi
dc.subject.other sukupuolentutkimus fi
dc.subject.other feministinen tutkimus fi
dc.subject.other narratiivisuus fi
dc.subject.other kansalaisuus fi
dc.subject.other omaelämäkerta fi
dc.subject.other performatiivisuus fi
dc.subject.other roolit fi
dc.title Performing the author/mother/merchant/wife: moving subject positions in Minna Canth's autobiography fi
dc.type Book item en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201211102920
dc.subject.kota 514
dc.contributor.laitos Taiteiden ja kulttuurin tutkimuksen laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Yhteiskuntatieteiden ja filosofian laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Art and Culture Studies en
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy en
jyx.tutka.ksname Gender, nation, narration: critical readings of cultural phenomena
jyx.tutka.pagetopage 24-39
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/BookItem
dc.date.updated 2012-11-10T04:30:09Z
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eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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