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Performing success: identifying strategies of self-presentation in women’s biographical narratives.

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Performing success: identifying strategies of self-presentation in women’s biographical narratives. / Wodak, Ruth; Wagner, I.

In: Discourse and Society, Vol. 17, No. 3, 05.2006, p. 385-411.

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Wodak, Ruth ; Wagner, I. / Performing success: identifying strategies of self-presentation in women’s biographical narratives. In: Discourse and Society. 2006 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 385-411.

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