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The Uses of First Person Writings / Les usages des écrits du for privé

Africa, America, Asia, Europe / Afrique, Amérique, Asie, Europe


Edited By François-Joseph Ruggiu

This book considers first-person writing and the related questions of the formation of the self, the rise of the individual and the private/public debate, and places these considerations within a multicultural perspective. It compares the characteristics of European or Occidental personal writings (such as diaries, memoirs and autobiographies) with the written forms of personal, intimate and autobiographical self which have existed and continue to exist within various Asian, African or Near Eastern cultures. The book constitutes a call for a global history of personal writing.
Ce livre s’intéresse, dans une perspective multiculturelle, à l’écriture de soi, et aux questions connexes de la formation même du soi, de l’émergence de l’individu ou encore du débat sur l’apparition des sphères privées et publiques. Il compare les caractéristiques de l’écrit personnel tel qu’il a eu cours en Europe ou dans les pays occidentaux (comme les journaux intimes, les mémoires, les autobiographies, entre autres) avec les formes écrites du soi personnel, intime ou autobiographique telles qu’elles ont pu exister, et existent, dans différentes cultures asiatiques, africaines ou proches-orientales. Ce livre lance également un appel pour une histoire globale des écrits personnels.


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Accounting for the Self: Conventual Writings from the New World - Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela


251 Accounting for the Self: Conventual Writings from the New World Elisa SAMPSON VERA TUDELA King’s College London Considerando el mucho encerramiento y pocas cosas de entretenimiento que tenéis, mis hermanas, y no casas tan bastantes como conviene en algunos monasterios de los vuestros, me parece os será consuelo deleitaros en el castillo interior, pues sin licencia de los superiores podréis entraros y pasearos por él a cualquier hora’ Teresa de Jesús, Las Moradas (Barcelona: Lingkua, 2007, 139). [Considering your strict cloister and the few entertainments you have, my sisters, and the fact that you do not have enough space in some of your convents, it seemed to me that it would comfort you to take pleasure in the interior castle, as you may enter it and stroll around it without permission from the superiors at whatever time you please.]1 In 1577, Teresa of Avila writes this comment to her sister nuns in a manuscript widely read as a spiritual guide. The citation, like so much of Teresa of Avila’s writing, is immediately striking for its tone of intimacy, of shared emotion in conversation, and astonishing for its assumptions – a community of women set against (male) ‘superiors’ – whose authority they may escape – and who can take comfort and pleasure in a spiritual adventure of their own making in their own space. Is this really a convent and is this really a nun’s voice? These sorts of reversals of expectation are exactly what researchers in the field...

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