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dc.contributor.authorSaresma, Tuija
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-14T08:50:45Z
dc.date.available2012-11-14T08:50:45Z
dc.date.issued2010fi
dc.identifier.citationSaresma, 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.pdffi
dc.identifier.otherTUTKAID_40411
dc.identifier.urihttps://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/40324
dc.description.abstractReading 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.extent105
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherUniversity of Jyväskylä
dc.relation.ispartofGender, 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.ispartofseriesJyväskylä studies in humanities
dc.relation.urihttps://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/bitstream/handle/123456789/23004/9789513938291.pdf
dc.subject.otherautobiographyen
dc.subject.otherbiographical researchen
dc.subject.othercitizenshipen
dc.subject.otherfeminist studiesen
dc.subject.othergender studiesen
dc.subject.othernarrative researchen
dc.subject.otherperformativityen
dc.subject.otherrolesen
dc.subject.otherelämäkertatutkimusfi
dc.subject.othersukupuolentutkimusfi
dc.subject.otherfeministinen tutkimusfi
dc.subject.othernarratiivisuusfi
dc.subject.otherkansalaisuusfi
dc.subject.otheromaelämäkertafi
dc.subject.otherperformatiivisuusfi
dc.subject.otherroolitfi
dc.titlePerforming the author/mother/merchant/wife: moving subject positions in Minna Canth's autobiographyfi
dc.typeBook item
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:jyu-201211102920
dc.contributor.laitosTaiteiden ja kulttuurin tutkimuksen laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosYhteiskuntatieteiden ja filosofian laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Art and Culture Studiesen
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Social Sciences and Philosophyen
jyx.tutka.ksnameGender, nation, narration: critical readings of cultural phenomena
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/BookItem
dc.date.updated2012-11-10T04:30:09Z
dc.type.coarbook part
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerReviewed
dc.format.pagerange24-39
dc.relation.issn1459-4323
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.rights.copyright© University of Jyväskylä
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