The autobiographical you: letters in the gendered politics of the labour movement.
Tamboukou, M. 2014. The autobiographical you: letters in the gendered politics of the labour movement. Journal of Gender Studies. 25 (3).
In this article, I consider the importance of epistolary narratives in the interface of autobiography and politics. In doing this, I read the letters of Fannia Mary Cohn, a Jewish immigrant worker, trade union activist and ardent labour organizer in the garment industry in the USA in the first half of the twentieth century.
Cohn was a prolific writer and political activist and left a rich body of labour literature, but never wrote an autobiography or a diary or journal. It is in her letters to her comrades and friends in the labour movement that short autobiographical stories erupt and it is on such stories across her correspondence that this article focuses. The analysis is informed by Hannah Arendt’s theorization of narratives in their interrelation with politics and history. Drawing on a rich body of feminist literature around the relational self, what I argue is that an Arendtian reading of epistolary narratives is a useful analytical tool in understanding gendered politics in the diverse histories of the labour movement.
|Journal||Journal of Gender Studies|
|Journal citation||25 (3)|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/09589236.2014.957169|
|Web address (URL)||http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09589236.2014.957169|
|10 Sep 2014|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||25 Feb 2015|
|Accepted||13 Aug 2014|
|Copyright information||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gender Studies on 10 September 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09589236.2014.957169.|
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