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Author Neary, Clara, author

Title Gandhi's autobiographical construction of selfhood : the story of his experiments with truth / Clara Neary
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (ix, 112 pages)
Series Palgrave pivot
Palgrave pivot.
Contents Chapter 1: "In a word, I could not live both after the flesh and the spirit" -- Introduction -- Analytical Approach -- The Book's Structure -- References -- Chapter 2: The Story of Gandhi's "Experiments with Truth" -- Introduction -- An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1940) -- The Translation Process -- Critical Reception -- References -- Chapter 3: Gandhi and the Emergence of Autobiography in India -- Introduction -- The Emergence of Autobiography in India -- References -- Chapter 4: Gandhi the Writer -- Gandhi the Writer
Attitude to the English Language -- References -- Chapter 5: Gandhi Writing Gandhi: Autobiographical "Split Selves" -- Methodology: Emmott's "Split Selves" (2002) -- Analysis of "Split Selves" in An Autobiography, or The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1940) -- The Complex, Multi-Faceted Self -- Emotion and Intellect -- Body and Mind -- Social Roles -- Private and Public Selves -- Imaginary Selves -- The Ever-changing Self -- The Act of Narration -- Self and Circumstance -- References -- Chapter 6: "Life is one indivisible whole" -- Conclusion -- References -- Index
Summary This book addresses the topics of autobiography, self-representation and status as a writer in Mahatma Gandhi's autobiographical work The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1927, 1929). Gandhi remains an elusive figure, despite the volumes of literature written on him in the seven decades since his assassination. Scholars and biographers alike agree that no work on his life has portrayed him in totality (Desai, 2009), and, although arguably the most popular figure of the first half of the twentieth century and one of the most eminent luminaries of our time, Gandhi the individual remains as much an enigma as a person of endless fascination (Murrell, 2008). Yet there has been relatively little scholarly engagement with Gandhis autobiography, and published output has largely been concerned with mining the text for its biographical details, with little concern for how Gandhi represents himself. The author addresses this gap in the literature, while also considering Gandhi as a writer. This book provides a close reading of the linguistic structure of the text with particular focus upon Gandhis self-representation, drawing on a cognitive stylistic framework for analysing linguistic representations of selfhood (Emmott 2002). It will be of interest to stylisticians, cognitive linguists, discourse analysts, and scholars in related fields such as Indian literature and postcolonial studies. Clara Neary is Lecturer in Stylistics in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queens University Belfast, UK. She has published on a variety of genres, drawing upon a range of cognitive stylistic frameworks. These include publications on constructions of narrative empathy and on the use of Conceptual Metaphor in the English translation of Gandhis autobiography; the interrelationship between style, point of view and modality; a Cognitive Grammar approach to the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins; and multimodal applications of the frameworks of Cognitive Grammar and Musical Grammar to lyrics and music by Radiohead
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ProQuest Ebook Central platform, viewed July 5, 2023)
Subject Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948. My experiments with truth
Autobiography -- Authorship
rhetoric (discipline)
Autobiography -- Authorship
Genre/Form autobiographies (literary works)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783031227868