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Twentieth-Century Autobiography: Writing Wales in English (review)

Twentieth-Century Autobiography: Writing Wales in English (review) 04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 314 314 Biography 28.2 (Spring 2005) at issue. These are, perhaps, all organizational problems, but they have sub- stantive consequences. It is significant, I think, that the conclusion tends to restate and summarize introductory material in fairly general ways, rather than pushing to articulate further the implications of that material: “all three share a passion and profound interest in the web of writing, memory, and gender”; “performative aspects of language and memory are central to their literary inquiry into the working of memory”; “their novels [engage] with the classical art of memory in fascinating ways” (173). This reader, at least, hoped for a more ambitious conclusion. To its credit, though, Enacting Past and Present invites us to reconsider memory as process and performance; it does so through insightful commentary on three important women’s texts; and it makes a convincing case for the importance of restoring the materiality of gender to any such consideration. Karen Kaivola Barbara Prys-Williams. Twentieth-Century Autobiography: Writing Wales in English. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2004. 188 pp. ISBN 0-7083-1891-6, $24.95. This modest and charmingly naive study of Welsh autobiography in English provides a very helpful introduction to its subject—seven Welsh http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Twentieth-Century Autobiography: Writing Wales in English (review)

Biography , Volume 28 (2) – Aug 3, 2005

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Copyright © 2005 Biographical Research Center.
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04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 314 314 Biography 28.2 (Spring 2005) at issue. These are, perhaps, all organizational problems, but they have sub- stantive consequences. It is significant, I think, that the conclusion tends to restate and summarize introductory material in fairly general ways, rather than pushing to articulate further the implications of that material: “all three share a passion and profound interest in the web of writing, memory, and gender”; “performative aspects of language and memory are central to their literary inquiry into the working of memory”; “their novels [engage] with the classical art of memory in fascinating ways” (173). This reader, at least, hoped for a more ambitious conclusion. To its credit, though, Enacting Past and Present invites us to reconsider memory as process and performance; it does so through insightful commentary on three important women’s texts; and it makes a convincing case for the importance of restoring the materiality of gender to any such consideration. Karen Kaivola Barbara Prys-Williams. Twentieth-Century Autobiography: Writing Wales in English. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2004. 188 pp. ISBN 0-7083-1891-6, $24.95. This modest and charmingly naive study of Welsh autobiography in English provides a very helpful introduction to its subject—seven Welsh

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Published: Aug 3, 2005

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