chapter  16
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Bringing it home

Autobiography and contradiction
ByRuth McElroy

Mindful of the criticism made by critics such as Nancy K. Miller that when we speak as feminists about autobiography we seem reluctant to do so autobiographically, I want to employ an explicitly personal, creative voice in this position piece. I approach autobiography positively as a process of contradiction rather than as a narrative of truth-telling, yet the experience of writing this piece entails a sense of loss. For all feminist literary criticism has celebrated gynocritical ‘discoveries’ of buried and silenced voices, what I feel most acutely now is the loss of my spoken voice in the act of writing. Why does this matter?