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Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (review)

Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (review) Reviews Kasdan equally appeals to such authorial authenticity, arguing that Body Heat is really about what his friends at the time were attempting, to make "the big score." The episode's willingness to let this sort ofself-aggrandizing criticism stand unchallenged is what I would consider its largest drawback. As in "The Studio System," the producers' seemingly all-encompassing desire to please an audience and commentators enamored of Hollywood film overrides a critical perspective needed in analyzing any cultural phenomena. In a culture already overly attached to the romantic genius of the film artist, this is the last thing we should be teaching our undergraduates about the history of cinema. ? Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson. Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1998. 526p. Susan Hendricks Swetnam Idaho State University In Women, Autobiography, and Theory: A Reader, Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson offer a rich overview and sampler ofthe tremendous amount ofwork in the theory of women's autobiography which has appeared in the past few decades. Characterizing their volume as a "map," or "guide" to "the complex interplay of multiple theoretical critiques" which "have motivated a discussion ofwomen's autobiography" (4) recently, Smith and Watson have selected http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (review)

Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature , Volume 53 (1) – Jan 6, 1999

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Reviews Kasdan equally appeals to such authorial authenticity, arguing that Body Heat is really about what his friends at the time were attempting, to make "the big score." The episode's willingness to let this sort ofself-aggrandizing criticism stand unchallenged is what I would consider its largest drawback. As in "The Studio System," the producers' seemingly all-encompassing desire to please an audience and commentators enamored of Hollywood film overrides a critical perspective needed in analyzing any cultural phenomena. In a culture already overly attached to the romantic genius of the film artist, this is the last thing we should be teaching our undergraduates about the history of cinema. ? Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson. Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1998. 526p. Susan Hendricks Swetnam Idaho State University In Women, Autobiography, and Theory: A Reader, Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson offer a rich overview and sampler ofthe tremendous amount ofwork in the theory of women's autobiography which has appeared in the past few decades. Characterizing their volume as a "map," or "guide" to "the complex interplay of multiple theoretical critiques" which "have motivated a discussion ofwomen's autobiography" (4) recently, Smith and Watson have selected

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Published: Jan 6, 1999

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