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Carrie Lamanna

Name: Carrie Lamanna, English Department

Presentation Title: "(De)Constructing Identity: Women, Visual Media, and Personal Narrative"

Date: April 17, 2003


Using film, interactive computer software, and hypertext, many women's texts weave personal narratives that highlight complex and destabilized identities. My talk explores how women combine these media to create hypbrid spaces for the presentation of autobiographical narratives. As filmmaker and scholar Michelle Citron argues, "autobiographical [texts] . . . bear witness to our lives in all their variation, and these lives are untidy and contradictory." In order to analyze new media autobiographical texts we must foreground the ways in which these media technologies alter not only the text produced, but also the identities produced in that text.