American Self-Fashioning in Helen Foster Snow's My China Years. Post, Constance J. 2013-10-29T05:51:08Z 2013-10-29T05:51:08Z 2013
dc.description.abstract In My China Years: A Memoir, Helen Foster Snow draws upon her Puritan roots in fashioning an American self that affirms the power of an individual exemplary life, the ability to exercise free will amid struggle, an optimism borne of hope, and a way to represent failure and success. Self-fashioning, which Stephen Greenblatt attributes to the rise of an autonomous self in early modern Europe, is shaped by Snow as a distinctly American identity based on a secular Puritanism she found more congenial than the Puritanism of her ancestors on both sides of the Atlantic. The many resemblances noted by Snow between the Chinese Communist Army and seventeenth-century English Puritanism led her to interrogate Puritanism, both in its traditional form and its secularised variant. What emerges in the pages of My China Years is an attempt to fashion an American self by negotiating an old Puritanism with the new by way of a triangulation with China. en
dc.identifier.issn 1836-4845
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Transnational Literature en
dc.subject Helen Foster Snow en
dc.subject My China Years en
dc.subject American self-Memoir en
dc.subject Tradition en
dc.subject Yoruba en
dc.subject African literature en
dc.title American Self-Fashioning in Helen Foster Snow's My China Years. en
dc.type Article en
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