Term of Award
Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)
William M. Reynolds
Committee Member 1
Edmund C. Short
Committee Member 2
Delores D. Liston
Committee Member 3
Candy B. Schille
This project uses a feminist standpoint to view the life writings of five contemporary southern women. It identifies the common paradoxes in these women's lives as revealed through the stories they use to create a self in writing. Using feminist, autobiographical, and linguistic theory, this qualitative study starts from the lives of these women to create knowledge about problematics that are created in women's lives by the expectations of a patriarchal society and how they influence the formation of self. The research focuses on the similarities and differences of stories women tell of their lives in autobiographical writing and compares the researcher's life to those stories. The researcher finds similarities in the autobiographies of Roselynn Carter, Coretta Scott King, Rosemary Daniell, Mab Segrest, and Sue Monk Kidd with the autobiographical stories of her life while examining the female self constructed within a male dominated discourse.
Saturday, Diane Dowell, "Telling Stories, Creating Lives: Southern Women's Autobiographies" (2000). Legacy ETDs. 127.