New Forms, New Selves

  • Mary Eagleton


The difficult experience of crossing class and racial divisions as an aspect of upward social mobility is central to the work of Janice Galloway and Andrea Levy. The creation of a new self is expressed through a narrative form that moves between fiction and memoir. The form questions the nature of the self, the nature of ‘truth’ and the gaps between a half-known past and the desired future. The chapter discusses the part played in upward mobility by the vocabulary of ‘chance’ and ‘choice’ and also the language of affect. Pierre Bourdieu’s comments on the ‘habitus clivé’ suggest that the gap between the old self and the new self is, sometimes, too wide to negotiate. The new self is envisaged, seems within reach but, then, might slip from one’s grasp.


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