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Title Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Films / Delphine Letort, Benaouda Lebdai, editors.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]

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Subject Biography as a literary form.
Women political activists -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Civil rights workers -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Biographical films -- History and criticism.
Alt Name Letort, Delphine,
Lebdaï, Benaouda,
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 231 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This collective book offers new insight on the genres of biography and autobiography by examining the singular path of those deemed to be 'outsiders', such as Winnie Mandela, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X and Harvey Milk. Its specific focus on these female leaders and civil rights activists, who refused to be constrained by gender, race and class, shifts attention away from the great men of history and places it solely on those who have transformed their personal lives into a fight for collective goals. With an interdisciplinary approach that looks at literature, cinema and cultural studies, Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Cinema argues that life writing is a key source of artistic creativity and activism which enables us to take a fresh look at history. "-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Intro; Contents; Notes on Contributors; List of Figures; Introduction; Works Cited; Part I The Lives of Women Activists; Winnie Madikizela Mandela: The Construction of a South African Political Icon; Unplanned Publications; Winnie Mandela's Family Background; An Intimate and Political Struggle; Winnie Mandela's Political Ideas; The Political Figure; Conclusion; Works Cited; "Revoluting" or Writing? Ahdaf Soueif and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution; Works Cited; Autobiography of an Activist: Sophonisba Breckinridge, "Champion of the Championless"; Family Legacy and Parental Influence
Immigrants, the Poor, and the Disabled; Pacifism and Feminism; Race Relations and Civil Rights; Conclusion; Works Cited; Lean In and Tell Me a (True) Story: Sheryl Sandberg's Revision of Feminist History; The Choice Architecture of Lean In Feminism; Post-feminist Memoir as Feminist History; Restructuring the Self: Making over Feminism; Lean In Circles: The Political Is Personal; Works Cited; Part II Black History in Auto/biographical Texts; The Many Lives of Ida B. Wells: Autobiography, Historical Biography, and Documentary; Gender and Politics; William Greaves' Television Documentary
Conclusion; Works Cited; Malcolm X: From the Autobiography to Spike Lee's Film, Two Complementary Perspectives on the Man and the Militant Black Leader; The Writing of Malcolm X's Autobiography; From the Text to the Film; Spike Lee's Agenda; Works Cited; Michelle Obama: The Voice and Embodiment of (African) American History; Of Race and Stereotypes; From Family Stories to Collective Narrative; Biographical Focus on Chicago; Conclusion; Works Cited; Ghost Writing and Filming Biography in Twelve/12 Years a Slave; David Wilson's Authorship; Steve McQueen's Adaptation
Archival Research by Sue Eakin; Conclusion; Works Cited; Part III Biographical Films and History; Biographical Motion Pictures and the Resuscitation of "Real Lives"; From Hagiography to Latter-Day Biopic Saints; Magic, Early Biopics, and the Larger-Than-Life Scientist on Screen; Conclusion; Works Cited; "Negro Girl (meager)": Black Women's In/Visibility in Contemporary Films About Slavery; The Function of Black Women in 12 Years a Slave; Belle: A Black Woman Enters the Drawing Room; Negro Girl (meager). I'm Relevant; Conclusion; Works Cited
Queering the Biopic? Milk (2008) and the Biographic Real; The Biopic: Fidelity as a Frame; The Political and Poetical Real in Milk: Queering the Biopic?; Conclusion; Works Cited; In Search of Purcell's Legacy: Tony Palmer's England, My England (1995); Portraying the Composer; Mirroring the Biographee and the Biographer; A Requiem Film; Works Cited; Part IV Postface; Does One Need to Be a Man to Be a Great Man?; History and Gender; Works Cited; Index
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 11, 2018).
ISBN 9783319770819 (electronic bk.)
3319770810 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1034988805
Additional Format Original 3319770802 9783319770802 (OCoLC)1022075201

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