EMSAH Public Lecture: Hillary Clinton's Living History
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- As prologue to a campaign for the presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton's Living History sought to do the social work of convincing the voting public that a woman could assume national leadership. Clinton's life story is routed through something like five generic modes - modernist bildungsroman, feminist bildungsroman, First Lady memoir, buddy narrative, and war memoir; and it refuses to be routed through a sixth mode, the celebrity confession.
In exploring the authenticity effects of these generic modes and tracking the intimations of inauthenticity inherent in their contradictory subject positions and rhetorics, we can assess how the heterogeneous, sometimes conflicting, genres of life writing expose the difficulty of successfully managing political and politicized gender.
About the Presenter
Sidonie Smith is Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She is also a past-President of the Modern Language Association of America (2010). Her fields of interest include human rights and personal narrative, autobiography studies, women's studies in literature more generally, feminist theory, and postcolonial literatures.
Her most recent books include the second, expanded edition of Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (with Julia Watson, University of Minnesota, 2010); and Human Rights and Narrated Lives: The Ethics of Recognition (with Kay Schaffer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). She is also the author of numerous articles.
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