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Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

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2nd
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9780816669868

ISBN10:
0816669864
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/2/2010
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Univ of Minnesota Pr
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Summary

With the memoir boom, life storytelling has become ubiquitous and emerged as a distinct field of study.Reading Autobiography, originally published in 2001, was the first comprehensive critical introduction to life writing in all its forms. Widely adopted for undergraduate and graduate-level courses, it is an essential guide for students and scholars reading and interpreting autobiographical texts and methods across the humanities, social sciences, and visual and performing arts.Thoroughly updated, the second edition ofReading Autobiographyis the most complete assessment of life narrative in its myriad forms. It lays out a sophisticated, theoretical approach to life writing and the components of autobiographical acts, including memory, experience, identity, embodiment, space, and agency. Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson explore these components, review the history of life writing and the foundations of autobiographical subjectivity, and provide a toolkit for working with twenty-three key concepts. Their survey of innovative forms of life writing, such as autographics and installation self-portraiture, charts recent shifts in autobiographical practice. Especially useful for courses are the appendices: a glossary covering dozens of distinct genres of life writing, proposals for group and classroom projects, and an extensive bibliography.

Author Biography

Sidonie Smith is Martha Guernsey Colby Collegiate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.

Julia Watson is professor of comparative studies at Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Life Narrative: Definitions and Distinctionsp. 1
Autobiographical Subjectsp. 21
Autobiographical Actsp. 63
Life Narrative in Historical Perspectivep. 103
In the Wake of the Memoir Boomp. 127
The Visual-Verbal-Virtual Contexts of Life Narrativep. 167
A History of Autobiography Criticism, Part I: Theorizing Autobiographyp. 193
A History of Autobiography Criticism, Part II: Expanding Autobiography Studiesp. 213
A Tool Kit: Twenty-four Strategies for Reading Life Narrativesp. 235
Sixty Genres of Life Narrativep. 253
Group and Classroom Projectsp. 287
Journals and Internet Resourcesp. 295
Notesp. 297
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 359
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