By Laurie Lee
Normally splendidly evocative and poignant, Cider With Rosie is an enthralling memoir of Laurie Lee's early life in a distant Cotswold village, an international that's tangibly genuine and but corresponding to a now far away earlier. during this idyllic pastoral surroundings, unencumbered by way of the callous father who so quick deserted his family members duties, Laurie's adoring mom turns into the centre of his global as she struggles to elevate a transforming into family members opposed to the backdrop of the good conflict
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Critics have avoided focusing too intently on her stylistics —almost as if such a critical move would invalidate her renaissance, which is bound up, as we have seen, with the tendency to view her fame in terms of her relationships. To be sure, the fact that Fleisser is known as m uch for her life as her art has been caused by the critical community that laments it. In m y introduction51 make brief mention of Judy Long's case for the place of "messiness" in feminist autobiography. Long discusses a kind of derision on the part of critics vis a vis such emotional, confessional writing that is in line with Bruens' concept of "defense mechanisms" in Fleisser criticism.
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Liz Stanley critiques the theoretical bias behind all of the post-1980 work on feminist autobiography as being "m arked editorially by the theoretical preoccupations of feminism" and the "male theorists of postmodernism" (89) including Derrida, de Man, Lacan, not to mention the 1970s paragons of autobiographical studies, Lejeune, and Olney. See my bibliography for complete references. 8 Shari Benstock summarizes canonical male autobiography in a similar fashion: "The whole thrust of such works is to seal up and cover over gaps in memory, dislocations in time and space, insecurities, hesitations and blind spots" (20).
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