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"We Cannot Live Without Our Lives”: Biomythography as Genre, Tradition and Movement in the U.S. (1978 – 1998)

LEWIS, ROSAMUND (2024) "We Cannot Live Without Our Lives”: Biomythography as Genre, Tradition and Movement in the U.S. (1978 – 1998). Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



In this thesis I focus on seven key biomythographical working class, lesbian writers from the late twentieth century (Gloria Anzalduìa, Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Frankie Hucklenbroich, Audre Lorde, Joan Nestle and Pat Parker). I build and put forward a case that what Audre Lorde termed ‘Biomythography’ in Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982) is in fact the naming and continuation of a Black, minoritised, working-class, lesbian feminist-led literary genre, tradition, and movement. In their struggle for voice and representation, the authors working in this vein unapologetically expounded, mythologised, and contradicted the auto/biographical in their work in order to create sites of resistance as well as socio-political literary spaces, reclaiming and re-envisioning a plurality of existences and experiences. My thesis poses and investigates the development of biomythography, in particular within the era 1978-1998, examining its themes, variations, aesthetics, and impact on our literary and theoretical understanding.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Biomythography, Biography, Autobiography, Narratology, Memoir, Lesbian Literature, Working-Class Literature, Feminist Literature, Dorothy Allison, Gloria Anzaldúa, Leslie Feinberg, Frankie Hucklenbroich, Audre Lorde, Joan Nestle, Pat Parker, Subjectivity, Second Wave Feminism, Black Feminism, Radical Feminism, Political Resistance, Violence Against Women and Girls, U.S Literature, Late Twentieth Century U.S. Literature, Genre, Literary Tradition, Literary Movement, Literary Theory.
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > English Studies, Department of
Thesis Date:2024
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:06 Jun 2024 09:42

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