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Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Films

Editors: Letort, Delphine, Lebdai, Benaouda (Eds.)

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  • Promotes women activists and minority figures in a unique way
  • Provides an original spin on the notions of autobiography and biography
  • Offers a comprehensive study that is both interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, including an extensive list of international icons
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About this book

This collective book offers new insight on the genres of biography and autobiography by examining the singular path of those deemed to be ‘outsiders’, such as Winnie Mandela, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X and Harvey Milk. Its specific focus on these female leaders and civil rights activists, who refused to be constrained by gender, race and class, shifts attention away from the great men of history and places it solely on those who have transformed their personal lives into a fight for collective goals. With an interdisciplinary approach that looks at literature, cinema and cultural studies, Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Cinema argues that life writing is a key source of artistic creativity and activism which enables us to take a fresh look at history. 

About the authors

Delphine Letort is a Professor in American Studies at Le Mans University, France.

Benaouda Lebdai is an Emeritus Professor in Colonial and Postcolonial literatures at Le Mans University, France.


Reviews

“This book shows, on the basis of a number of striking women, that history and its perception is a construction that can still be cultivated. The authors of this volume demonstrate that the history of women is not automatically 'women's history', but an inextricable and often misunderstood part of our history.”  (Hans Renders, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Letort, Delphine (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Winnie Madikizela Mandela: The Construction of a South African Political Icon

    Lebdai, Benaouda

    Pages 13-32

  • “Revoluting” or Writing? Ahdaf Soueif and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

    Jondot, Jacqueline

    Pages 33-43

  • Autobiography of an Activist: Sophonisba Breckinridge, “Champion of the Championless”

    Jabour, Anya

    Pages 45-63

  • Lean In and Tell Me a (True) Story: Sheryl Sandberg’s Revision of Feminist History

    Kennedy, Tanya Ann

    Pages 65-88

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77081-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
valid through March 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77080-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Films
Editors
  • Delphine Letort
  • Benaouda Lebdai
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77081-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77081-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77080-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 231
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