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Title:Lives in the making: the possibilities and impossibilities of autobiography with reference to the case of Amina Cachalia
Author:Kros, CynthiaISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 0258-2473)
Volume:64
Issue:2
Pages:236-255
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:women
autobiography
historiography
About person:Amina Cachalia
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582473.2012.673132
Abstract:This article takes the author's recent experiences of working with Amina Cachalia (who was a central figure in the Federation of South African Women and a key organizer of the 1956 march on the Union Buildings in protest against the extension of passes to African women) on her memoirs as a starting point for engaging with the knotty problems of the autobiographical genre, especially in its relationship with more orthodox forms of history writing. An examination of South African women's autobiographies and memoirs suggests the existence of different kinds of historical narratives that subvert, either explicitly or tacitly, what Elaine Unterhalter drew attention to as the 'heroic masculine' narrative commonly told by male South African autobiographers. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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