Cagney by Cagney by James Cagney

By James Cagney

This publication is for the real fan of James Cagney. Mr. Cagney tells his tale as not anyone can.

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There is good reason now to move beyond the critical practice of identifying feminine, relational modes with "women's autobiography" and to adopt a more expansive approach to what women, as autobiographers, have produced. " 90 The multiple traditions of autobiography that Victorian women inherited opened up the possibility of Page 42 complex identities, multifaceted self-representations. Some Victorian women followed in the way of spiritual autobiographers such as Hayes and Ashbridge, with their theological sophistication and political commitment.

Nor is there real danger in the scandalous content of the Life, in Charke's recital of the male roles she assumed; in the end, she admits failure or frustration in many of these guises. The danger of Charke's autobiography lies in the mode itself. This is the mode that Mason terms "Rousseauian" and claims that no women autobiographer has ever adopted. "86 If we place Charlotte Charke within these dichotomies, it must be with Rousseau and men and taking on all kinds of experiences. Despite her many references to husband, child, lovers, sisters, brother, mother, and even father, she does not define her identity through such relationships.

Romantic, filial, and familial relations gain value, great political events diminish in interest. At worst, however, we might say that Victorian women turned to domestic memoirs because they had lost their place in the public traditions of autobiography. They tended one might say they were subtly forced to gravitate toward private, culturally sanctioned forms of life writing because they were excluded from others. The memoir domestic in its focus, relational in its mode of self-construction allowed women to write as mothers, daughters, and wives.

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