Reading Autobiography A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

ISBN-10: 0816669864
ISBN-13: 9780816669868
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Guide (Instructor's))
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 7/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

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.

Sidonie Smith is Professor of English, University Michigan.

Julia Watson is Associate Professor of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Life Narrative: Definitions and Distinctions
Autobiographical Subjects
Autobiographical Acts
Life Narrative in Historical Perspective
In the Wake of the Memoir Boom
The Visual-Verbal-Virtual Contexts of Life Narrative
A History of Autobiography Criticism, Part I: Theorizing Autobiography
A History of Autobiography Criticism, Part II: Expanding Autobiography Studies
A Tool Kit: Twenty-four Strategies for Reading Life Narratives
Sixty Genres of Life Narrative
Group and Classroom Projects
Journals and Internet Resources
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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