Composing ourselves : women's use of personal journals for freedom, creativity and autobiography Public Deposited

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  • Scholars are ushering autobiographical writing of all kinds into the world of literary and scholarly writing: in course titles and syllabi, in academic journals and on bookshelves, autobiographical writing is flourishing. People's real stories offer insights into how people really live and view this life. They offer perspectives which necessarily challenge or strain academic institutions as they beg for new ways of looking at things, new voices to be heard, new academic frameworks to be constructed. The focus of this examination is on women's stories—ones authored by themselves through their personal journals. Broadening the avenues of personal storytelling to also include diaries and journals as informal autobiographies by women allows women to write, frame, interpret and share their stories. Private, personal journal writing is a powerful tool that can empower women to freely explore their sense of themselves in the world. When women choose to share publicly the stories we author in our journals, we all give other women new "sisters," in struggle, in experience, in lived succes. By living our varied scripts publicly, we offer role models for other women looking for other possibilities for their own lives. This project is a celebration and affirmation of the power of journals to assist women in the process of naming, coming to terms with, and then finally sharing their own individual experiences.
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