Negotiated Memory Paperback

Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse

by Julie Rak;

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Negotiated Memory

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The Doukhobors, Russian-speaking immigrants who began to arrive in Canada in 1899, are known primarily to the Canadian public through the sensationalist images of them as nude protestors, anarchists, and religious fanatics - representations largely propagated by government commissions and the Canadian media. In "Negotiated Memory", Julie Rak examines the ways in which autobiographical strategies have been employed by the Doukhobors themselves in order to retell and reclaim their own history. Drawing from oral interviews, court documents, government reports, prison diaries, and media accounts, Rak demonstrates how the Doukhobors employed both "classic" and alternative forms of autobiography to communicate their views about communal living, vegetarianism, activism, and spiritual life, as well as to pass on traditions to successive generations. More than a historical work, this book brings together recent theories concerning subjectivity, autobiography, and identity, and shows how Doukhobor autobiographical discourse forms a series of ongoing negotiations for identity and collective survival that are sometimes successful and sometimes not.An innovative study, "Negotiated Memory" will appeal to those interested in autobiography studies as well as to historians, literary critics, and students and scholars of Canadian cultural studies.

Negotiated Memory by Julie Rak was published by University of British Columbia Press in January 2005. The ISBN for Negotiated Memory is 9780774810319.

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Details for Negotiated Memory

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press (January 2005)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages172
Thickness14 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1194134
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