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dc.contributor.authorCooper, Annabel
dc.identifier.citationCooper, A. (1995). Talking About ‘My Place’/My Place: Feminism, Criticism and the Other’s Autobiography. Southern Review, 28(2).en
dc.description.abstractA few years ago I edited an autobiography written in 1936 by a working- class New Zealand woman, Mary Lee's The Not So Poor. Setting out on a project of "restoring a voice," allowing the as yet unpublished speech of a member of a largely silenced group to be heard, I nevertheless found that my research and commentary, with its access to research tools and specialised knowledges, undermined the authority of that voice even as it attempted to assert it, delivering not a formerly silenced truth but a problematic and strategic text which negotiated uneasily with more powerful texts of its historical moment. To borrow the formulation Gayatri Spivak uses, "representation" in the politico-legal sense of "speaking for" could rapidly slide into something more like "substitution" (Spivak 275-6). In what follows, therefore, I contest parts of the critical pieces I discuss, but write from a position of complicity rather than out of a claim to purity. Indeed, it is central to the argument of this article that in these matters there is no position of purity, no clean place.en_NZ
dc.publisherRMIT University, School of Applied Communicationen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofSouthern Reviewen_NZ
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dc.subjectSally Morganen_NZ
dc.titleTalking About 'My Place'/My Place: Feminism, Criticism and the Other's Autobiographyen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolSociology, Gender & Social Worken_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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