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Locating Life StoriesBeyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies$
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Maureen Perkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837303

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.001.0001

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Never the Twain: Life Writing’s Geographical Contexts

Never the Twain: Life Writing’s Geographical Contexts

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(p.1) Never the Twain: Life Writing’s Geographical Contexts
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Locating Life Stories
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Maureen Perkins

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.003.0001

This chapter asserts that even though Rudyard Kipling's claim that “East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet” no longer holds true today due to globalization, the East–West split is still widely held to have relevance, not only in popular stereotypes and vague generalizations, but even in academic scholarship across a range of fields, including psychology, literature, and some areas of politics. Field of life writing, in particular, has been prone to make generalizations about whole swathes of humanity, suggesting that “Western” life writing is in some important senses different from that of “non-Western” societies—differences that align all too closely with modernity.

Keywords:   Rudyard Kipling, East–West split, academic scholarship, globalization, Western life writing, non-Western societies

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