Author : Hertha D. Sweet Wong
Publisher : UNC Press Books
ISBN 13 : 1469640716
Total Pages : 280 pages
Book Rating : 4.4/5 (696 download)
Book Synopsis Picturing Identity by : Hertha D. Sweet Wong
Download or read book Picturing Identity written by Hertha D. Sweet Wong and published by UNC Press Books. This book was released on 2018-05-02 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American writers and artists who employ a mix of written and visual forms of self-narration. Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, Wong argues that, in grappling with the breakdown of stable definitions of identity and unmediated representation, these writers-artists experiment with hybrid autobiography in image and text to break free of inherited visual-verbal regimes and revise painful histories. These works provide an interart focus for examining the possibilities of self-representation and self-narration, the boundaries of life writing, and the relationship between image and text. Wong considers eight writers-artists, including comic-book author Art Spiegelman; Faith Ringgold, known for her story quilts; and celebrated Indigenous writer Leslie Marmon Silko. Wong shows how her subjects formulate webs of intersubjectivity shaped by historical trauma, geography, race, and gender as they envision new possibilities of selfhood and fresh modes of self-narration in word and image.