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Speaking Power: Black Feminist Orality in Women's Narratives of Slavery (review)

Speaking Power: Black Feminist Orality in Women's Narratives of Slavery (review) 406 Biography 30.3 (Summer 2007) Métamorphoses du journal personnel is written by “researchers” who are members of a group “Genèse et Autobiography” that is itself a distant descen- dant of the New Criticism and its desire to move toward a more systematic approach to literary criticism. “Genetic” research into the origins and devel- opment of texts clearly lends itself particularly to (or has origins in) the study of life writing. These essays show the major strength (the potential for increased knowledge about texts), and the possible weakness of this approach. In the absence of any sustained consideration of the literary quality and value of the texts studied, the reader is sometimes left wondering why re- search in such detail into the “genesis” of some texts is of any real importance. Is the evident academic value of increasing critical knowledge or adding to the body of theory on the genre of diary writing or the field of life writing sufficient justification? Or again, is such research more easily justified when it also adds to the understanding of exceptional literary texts? A number of these studies shed fascinating light on historical contexts and sources—that is, on influential external creative texts, or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Speaking Power: Black Feminist Orality in Women's Narratives of Slavery (review)

Biography , Volume 30 (3) – Oct 1, 2007

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406 Biography 30.3 (Summer 2007) Métamorphoses du journal personnel is written by “researchers” who are members of a group “Genèse et Autobiography” that is itself a distant descen- dant of the New Criticism and its desire to move toward a more systematic approach to literary criticism. “Genetic” research into the origins and devel- opment of texts clearly lends itself particularly to (or has origins in) the study of life writing. These essays show the major strength (the potential for increased knowledge about texts), and the possible weakness of this approach. In the absence of any sustained consideration of the literary quality and value of the texts studied, the reader is sometimes left wondering why re- search in such detail into the “genesis” of some texts is of any real importance. Is the evident academic value of increasing critical knowledge or adding to the body of theory on the genre of diary writing or the field of life writing sufficient justification? Or again, is such research more easily justified when it also adds to the understanding of exceptional literary texts? A number of these studies shed fascinating light on historical contexts and sources—that is, on influential external creative texts, or

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