Memoir begins not with event but with the intuition of meaning--with the mysterious fact that life can sometimes step free from the chaos of contingency and become story.
Memory has multiple truths, so to judge a memory by only limited criteria amounts to cutting entangled threads with scissors. If we do this, we will lose the threads of the memory.
Adams, Katherine. Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in U.S. Women's Life Writing. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.
Nineteenth century life writing by and about US women writers reveals an emerging discourse of privacy opposing increasing forces of market capitalism and commodification.
Angelou, Maya. Letter to My Daughter. New York: Random House, 2008.
Angelou reflects that she "gave birth to one child, a son," but that she has "thousands of daughters" of every racial and ethnic background.
Atkins, Kim. Narrative Identity and Moral Identity: A Practical Perspective. New York: Rout ledge, 2008.
This book "takes as its guiding theme two philosophical questions: 'Who am I?' and 'How should I live?' These questions cannot be considered in isolation from each other."
Azoulay, Ariella. The Civil Contract of Photography. Brooklyn: Zone, 2009.
Explores the political and ethical status of photography by focusing on the power relations that sustain and make possible photographic meanings.
Bal, Mieke. Loving Yusuf: Conceptual Travels from Present to Past. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2009.
Different tellings of the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife complicate our readings of the story, and shed light on the processes of canonization.
Banco, Lindsay. Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature. Routledge: New York: 2009.
Interlocking representations of travel and drugs show how metaphors of mobility help conceptualize the experience of intoxication.
Barnard, Teresa. Anna Seward: A Constructed Life. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.
Unpublished letters and manuscripts complicate Seward's carefully constructed narrative of her life.
Barnett, Paul. Finding the Historical Christ. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Combs the book of Acts, the four canonical Gospels, and the writings of Josephus, Tacitus, and Pliny for the historical figure Christians later worshipped.
Beard, Laura J. Acts of Narrative Resistance: Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Americas. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2009.
Through paired life narratives by women from different countries and traditions, focuses on testimonio, metafiction, and the family saga as the story of a nation.
Beizer, Janet. Thinking through the Mothers: Reimagining Women's Biographies. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2009.
Shows how biographers of women who write about earlier women rehearse and rewrite relationships to their own mothers.
Belli, Robert F., Frank P. Stafford, and Duane F. Alwin. Calendar and Time Diary Methods in Life Course Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.
Shows how to use diary methods and calendars to conduct life history research.
Benedict XVI. The Fathers of the Church: From Clement of Rome to Augustine of Hippo. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Thirty-six short accounts place early church fathers in their own and in contemporary contexts.
Benton, Michael. Literary Biography: An Introduction. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Introduces current issues, controversies, conventions, and directions in life writing, while demonstrating how biographical context can enrich the study of authors.
Bernard-Donals, Michael. Forgetful Memory: Representation and Remembrance in the Wake of the Holocaust. Albany: SUNY P, 2009.
Argues that contemporary representations of the Holocaust in memoirs and other literary genres, films and photographs, museums, and political discourse exist at the intersection of remembrance and oblivion.
Birkerts, Sven. The Art of Time in Memoir: Then Again. Saint Paul: Grawyolf, 2008.
For Birkerts, when memories start "coming in loud and clear" and seem to fall "into some new alignment" so as to take on meaning, the story that is memoir starts to emerge.
Blaak, Meroen. Literacy in Everyday Life: Reading and Writing in Early Modern Dutch Diaries. Trans. Beverley Jackson. Egodocuments and History 2. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
Analyzes four early modern Dutch diaries whose authors document their daily lives and recount their reading.
Blocker, Jane. Seeing Witness: Visuality and the Ethics of Testimony. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2009.
Critiques the implicit authority of witnessing to argue that the witness holds a unique, but problematic, position of privilege.
Boerbloem, Kees. The Fiction and Reality of Jan Struys. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Analysis of Dutch sailor Struys's 1676 account of his overseas travel.
Bond, Brian. Survivors of a Kind: Memoirs of the Western Front. New York: Continuum, 2008.
Historical survey of English World War One memoirs.
Braziel, Jana Evans. Caribbean Genesis: Jamaica Kincaid and the Writing of New Worlds. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Focuses on Kincaid's generic transmutations of autobiography, biography, and history.
Brueggemann, Brenda Jo. Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places. New York: NYU P, 2009.
Traces the creation of the modern deaf subject through a range of cultural texts.
Buhs, Joshua Blu. Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2009. Contextualizes the enduring Bigfoot legend from the 1800s to the present.
Burt, E. S. Regard for the Other: Autothanatography in Rousseau, De Quincey, Baudelaire, and Wilde. Bronx: Fordham UP, 2009.
Uses Baudelaire's work on Rousseau and De Quincey, and his impact on Wilde, to show how autobiography both constructs identity and responds to a call to write its death.
Burton, Gabrielle. Searching for Tamsen Donner. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2009.
Reconstructs Donner's life by retracing, with her own family, Donner's path from her birthplace in Massachusetts to the Oregon Trail.
Campbell, Robert. In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2009.
Explores the popular images in and influence of narratives of travel to Alaska prior to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897.
Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Chip. Inheriting the Past: The Making of Arthur C. Parker and Indigenous Archaeology. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2009.
Focuses on how Parker, a Senecan and one of the first Native American archaeologists, crafted a professional identity.
Couser, G. Thomas. Signifying Bodies: Disability in Contemporary Life Writing. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2009.
Links the popularity of memoir to the genre's focus on what it means to live in, or be, an anomalous body, by focusing on ethical issues and rhetorical patterns in disability memoirs, and the relationship between disability narrative and disability law.
Crais, Clifton, and Pamela Scully. Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2009.
By reconstructing Baartman's life history and iconography, raises issues in historical and cross-cultural biography.
Cudjoe, Selwyn R. Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2008.
Uses Webber's writings to examine the development of Caribbean intellectual history and the emergence of contemporary Guyana from its colonial history.
Curtis, Susan. Colored Memories: A Biographer's Quest for the Elusive Lester A. Walton. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2008.
A "writing experiment" uses the memories of Walton--an influential New York Age critic and New York World feature writer--the author, and the nation "to interrogate official accounts presented as history."
Davies, Steffan. The Wallenstein Figure in German Literature and Historiography 1790-1920. Leeds: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2009.
Traces the impact of later accounts of Albrecht von Wallenstein on constructions of identity in Germany, Austria, and Bohemia.
De Groot, Jerome. Consuming History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Considers presentations and interpretations of history as it is consumed in popular and academic cultures.
Dekker, Rudolf, and Arianne Baggerman. Child of the Enlightenment: Revolutionary Europe Reflected in a Boyhood Diary. Trans. Diane Webb. Egodocuments and History 1. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
Through a diary kept by a boy from 1790 to 1791, addresses the development of autobiographical writing in the changing culture of Revolutionary Europe.
Delafield, Catherine. Women's Diaries as Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century Novel. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.
Comparison of historical and fictional diaries reveals an ideological gap between the private diary and diaries performing fictional narration.
Delogu, Daisy. Theorizing the Ideal Sovereign: The Rise of the French Vernacular Royal Biography. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Shows how vernacular biographies of kings from the late French Middle Ages reflected and contributed to transformations in late medieval political and philosophical thought.
Denney, Colleen. Women, Portraiture and the Crisis of Identity in Victorian England: My Lady Scandalous Reconsidered. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.
Examines how Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Dilke, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, and Sarah Grand used their portraits to resist male constructions of female propriety and Victorian stereotypes of intellectual women.
DiBattista, Maria. Imagining Virginia Woolf: An Experiment in Critical Biography. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2009.
Argues that reading Woolf involves engaging with the "figment of the author" as it exists in her writings and in her readers' imaginations.
Dierks, Konstantin. In My Power: Letter Writing and Communications in Early America. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2009.
Shows how the proliferation of letter writing and the development of a communications infrastructure impacted the formation of the British Empire and the United States.
Diner, Hasia R. We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962. New York: NYU P, 2009.
Survey of public remembrance of those who died in the Holocaust challenges the belief that the Jewish community in the US did not memorialize the Holocaust until the 1960s.
Dorland, Michael. Cadaverland: Inventing a Pathology of Catastrophe for Holocaust Survival. Hanover, NH: UP of New England, 2009.
Explores sixty years of medical discourse by French doctors about concentration camp survivors, and the expansion of that discourse into non-medical fields.
Dutchman-Smith, Victoria. E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alcohol: Biography, Reception and Art. Leeds: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2009.
Uses changing interpretations of the role of alcohol in Hoffmann's life to reevaluate his representations over the past two centuries.
Epstein, Helen. Ecrire la vie: du journalisme au recit de vie. Paris: La Cause des Livres, 2009.
Explores issues of identity, the place of desire in creative energy, and the role of psychoanalysis in her memoir writing.
Etherington-Wright, Christine. Gender, Professions and Discourse: Early Twentieth-Century Women's Autobiography. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Analyzes ninety professional women's autobiographies written between 1900 and 1920.
Euben, Roxanne. Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2009.
Compares how Muslim and Western travel narratives negotiate the distortions of travel.
Fabian, Johannes. Ethnography as Commentary: Writing from the Virtual Archive. Durham: Duke UP, 2008.
Argues that virtual archives can shift the emphasis in ethnographic writing from the monograph to commentary.
Fernandez, Maria Teresa Quiros. Stereophonie der Autobiographie. Autobiographisches Schreiben von Paaren am Beispiel von Maria Teresa Leon und Rafael Alberti. Tubingen: Max Niemeyer, 2009.
Uses the life writings of Leon and Alberti to reveal the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of (auto)biography as simultaneously an individual and common project.
Ford, Elizabeth A., and Deborah C. Mitchell. Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2009.
Examines how films from the 1930s to the present represent the lives of queens.
Franklin, Cynthia G. Academic Lives: Memoir, Cultural Theory, and the University Today. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2009.
Unpacks the cultural capital of academic memoirs, and considers reasons for the proliferation of the genre.
Franklin, Lady Jane. As affecting the fate of my absent husband: Selected Letters of Lady Franklin Concerning the Search for the Lost Franklin Expedition, 1848-1860. Ed. Erika Behrisch Elce. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2009.
Annotated collection of Jane Franklin's letters suggests the impact of the disappearance of her husband's expedition on the English public's consciousness of itself as an imperial power.
Giles, Ryan D. The Laughter of the Saints: Parodies of Holiness in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Considers the reasons for and impact of the Spanish carnivalesque tradition of parodies of saints' lives.
Good, Jonathan. The Cult of St. George in Medieval England. Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, 2009.
Traces the evolution of the non-English St. George into a specifically English national symbol.
Goodall, Harold Lloyd, Jr. Writing Qualitative Inquiry: Self, Stories, and Academic Life. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2008.
Provides strategies for writing creative nonfiction in academia.
Goodyear, Anne Collins, and James W. McManus. Inventing Marcel Duchamp: Dynamics of Portraiture. Cambridge: MIT P/National Portrait Gallery, 2009.
Shows how Duchamp manipulated the techniques of portraiture to secure his reputation as both an iconoclast and a major artist.
Grice, Helena. Asian American Fiction, History, and Life Writing: International Encounters. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Explores the historical-political circumscriptions of cultural interaction between Asia and America.
Gubrium, Jaber F., and James A. Holstein. Analyzing Narrative Reality. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.
Offers a comprehensive framework for analyzing the construction and use of stories in society, focusing on the reflexive interplay of narrative work and narrative environments.
Hackett, Helen. Shakespeare and Elizabeth: The Meeting of Two Myths. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2009.
Analyzes the history and development of mythologies of meetings between Shakespeare and Elizabeth I.
Hagberg, Garry L. Describing Ourselves: Wittgenstein and Autobiographical Consciousness. Oxford: Clarendon, 2008.
Addresses memory, philosophical pictures, the "self's reflexively descriptive, expressive, and constitutive language," and the positive powers of introspection.
Hajratwala, Monal. Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
Uses personal experience and extended family reports to tell the story of the twentieth-century Indian diaspora.
Hall, Calvin L. African American Journalists: Autobiography as Memoir and Manifesto. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2009.
Focuses on the relationships among race, class, gender, and 1990s journalism practices in memoirs by Jill Nelson, Nathan McCall, Jake Lamar, and Patricia Raybon.
Hasebe-Ludt, Erika, Cynthia M. Chambers, and Carl Leggo. Life Writing and Literary Metissage as an Ethos of Our Times. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
Theorization and performance of metissage through the braiding of autobiographical texts from mixed genres.
Hawkins, Sir John. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Ed. O. M. Brack, Jr. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2009.
First scholarly edition of Hawkins's 1787, pre-Boswellian biography of Johnson, with annotations and a contextualizing and historicizing introduction.
Heshusius, Lous. Inside Chronic Pain: An Intimate and Critical Account. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2009.
Using a pain journal Heshusius has kept since a near-fatal car accident, and clinical commentary by Scott M. Fishman, examines pain's destructive effects on senses of self and identity.
Ho, Elaine Yee Lin, and Julia Kuehn. China Abroad: Travels, Subjects, Spaces. Seattle: U of Washington P, 2009.
Brings together accounts by Chinese travelers of the late nineteenth century with those of recent migrants and diasporic Chinese subjects.
Insana, Lina N. Arduous Tasks: Primo Levi, Translation, and the Transmission of Holocaust Testimony. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Demonstrates how translation functions as a metaphor for the transmission of Holocaust testimony.
Isaacson, Walter. American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009.
Through essays about the people he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist, suggests how biography can enlighten our own lives.
Jeannelle, Jean-Louis. Ecrire ses Memoires au XXe siecle: Declin et renouveau. Paris: Gallimard, 2008.
In light of the decline of the genre since its canonical use following Chateaubriand, explores the recent paradoxical rebirth of memoir alongside autobiography.
Jeffrey, Julie Roy. Abolitionists Remember: Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2008.
Examines how abolitionists in the post-Civil War period wrote to counter their popular image as fanatics and to advocate for equal rights in light of increasing racism.
Jensen, Toril. Behind the Eye: Reflexive Methods in Culture Studies, Ethnographic Film, and Visual Media. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2009.
Addresses the strategies and challenges of using film in research, with a focus on issues of reflexivity in social science methodologies and cultural forms of modernity.
Johnson, Christine R. The German Discovery of the World: Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2009.
Shows how in travel narratives, medical botanical, and commercial texts, German commentators figured lands and peoples of Africa, Asia, and the Americas as familiar.
Johnson, Erica L. Caribbean Ghostwriting. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2009.
Workinig from scant records and testimony, shows how Dionne Brand, Michelle Clift, and Maryse Conde ghostwrite stories for lost historical figures.
Johnson, Vivian L. David in Distress: His Portrait through the Historical Psalms. New York: Continuum, 2009.
Shows how the later, historical Psalms complicate the image of David by recasting him as someone who prayed to God in every moment of difficulty.
Jolly, Roslyn. Robert Louis Stevenson in the Pacific: Travel, Empire, andthe Author's Profession. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.
Focuses on Victorian readers' resistance to the subject matter and style of Stevenson's Pacific travel writing.
Jones, Eric. Wives, Slaves, and Concubines: A History of the Female Underclass in Dutch Asia. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois UP, 2009.
Using criminal proceedings and testimonies by women before the Dutch East India Company's Court of Alderman, examines the colonial impact on women's lives and identities.
Kacandes, Irene. Daddy's War: Greek American Stories. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2009.
In reconstructing her father's life, particularly during World War II, considers how the telling of memories is negotiated between survivors and their children.
Keener, Craig S. The Historical Jesus of the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Reading the Synoptic Gospels in their early Jewish setting provides an account of the historical Jesus more grounded than competing modern interpretations.
Knopp, Lisa. Interior Places. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2008.
Nonfiction essays move from memoir and biography to travel writing and natural history to provide a group portrait of the Midwest's interior landscape.
Koivunen, Leila. Visualizing Africa in Nineteenth-Century British Travel Accounts. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Analyzes the transformation of British explorers' visualizations of the African interior in the latter part of the nineteenth century into the illustrations in popular travel books.
Krause, Elizabeth L. Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern. Berkeley: U of California P, 2009.
Ethnographic fieldwork and interviews ground creative nonfiction about a Tuscan weaver named Emilia Raugel and changing population dynamics in the twentieth century.
Kuhn, Bernhard. Autobiography and Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.
Demonstrates the scientific character of Rousseau's, Goethe's, and Thoreau's autobiographical writing, and the autobiographical nature of their natural science writing.
Kvale, Steinar, and Svend Brinkmann. InterViews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.
Introduces key issues in interviewing theories, methods, and practices.
Laderman, Scott. Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory. Durham: Duke UP, 2009.
Shows how tourist literature has shaped Americans' understandings of Vietnam and of projections of US power since the mid-twentieth century.
Laffrado, Laura. Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's Writing. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2009.
Unpacks the notions of self-writing and female agency in works by Sarah Kemble Knight, Fanny Fern, Louisa May Alcott, S. Emma E. Edmonds, and Harriet Jacobs.
Lassner, Phyllis. Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust: Displaced Witnesses. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Focuses on narratives of the Kindertransport and its aftermath.
Lebow, Alisa S. First Person Jewish. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2008.
Shows how recent first person films by Jewish filmmakers reimagine contemporary Jewish ness and challenge autobiographical and documentary genres.
Lee, Hermione. Biography: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009.
Explores the origins, development, generic character, and practice of biography.
Leick, Karen. Gertrude Stein and the Making of an American Celebrity. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Popular portrayals of Stein relate literary modernism to mainstream culture.
Lejeune, Philippe. On Diary. Ed. Jeremy D. Popkin and Julie Rak. Honolulu: U of Hawai'i P, 2009.
Explores methods, materials, theories, and genealogies of the diary, from its historical origins to its pervasive presence on the Internet.
Lynch, Claire. Irish Autobiography: Stories of Self in the Narrative of a Nation. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
Examines how diverse writers, including Yeats, O'Crohan, Behan, McCourt, and O'Faolain, have positioned their life stories within a wider narrative of the nation's development.
MacKay, John. Four Russian Serf Narratives. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2009. First English edition of serf narratives from 1785, 1849, 1881, and 1911.
Makagon, Daniel, and Mark Neumann. Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.
Introduction to theories and practices of audio documentary as qualitative research.
Maltby, Arthur. Shakespeare as a Challenge for Literary Biography? A History of Biographies of
Shakespeare since 1898. Lampeter Ceredigion, Wales: Edwin Mellen, 2009. Survey of Shakespeare biographies, including dialogues with six leading biographers.
Marcus, Marvin. Reflections in a Glass Door: Memory and Melancholy in the Personal Writings of Natsume Soseki. Honolulu: U of Hawai'i P, 2009.
Focuses on the autobiographical mosaic of short personal writings (shohin) Soseki published between 1907 and 1917.
Mayan, Maria J. Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2009. Comprehensive overview of qualitative research methodology for students.
Maynes, Mary Jo, Jennifer L. Pierce, and Barbara Laslett. Telling Stories: The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences and History. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2008.
Argues that "personal narratives (autobiographies, oral histories, life history interviews, and memoirs)" are vital "for understanding the relationship between people and their societies."
McDayter, Ghislaine. Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Argues that Byron's popularity, particularly among women, marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural industry.
McLynn, Neil. Christian Politics and Religious Culture in Late Antiquity. Burlington: Ash gate, 2009.
Contains a section on changing self-images of Christian autobiographers, and in particular Gregory Nazianzen's shaping of his own identity and the legacy of his friend Basil.
McMichael, Kelly. Sacred Memories: The Civil War Monument Movement in Texas. Denton, TX: Texas State Historical Association, 2009.
Tour of Texas Civil War monuments reveals their communities' collective memories and senses of identity.
Merrill, Barbara, and Linden West. Using Biographical Methods in Social Research. London: Sage, 2009.
Introduces methods and practices of biographical research across the social sciences.
Moore-Gilbert, Bart. Postcolonial Life-Writing. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Focusing on writing styles and narrative conceptions of the Self, identifies characteristics that differentiate life writing in postcolonial contexts.
Nettles, Kimberly D. Guyana Diaries: Women's Lives across Difference. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2008.
Blends feminist ethnography, autobiography, and literary work in exploring the impact of narrations of the life histories of Caribbean women activists on the women's lives.
Ng, Maria. Pilgrimages: Memories of Colonial Macau and Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP/Seattle: U of Washington P, 2009.
Essays on the author's early life journeys in Portuguese Macau and British Hong Kong navigate different colonizing and postcolonizing processes and intercultural pilgrimages.
Norton, Leone. Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s to the 1960s. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2009.
Prosopography of colonial and postcolonial Australian women wildflower artists highlights their significance for botany as well as early Australian art.
Oakley, Warren L. A Culture of Mimicry: Laurence Sterne, His Readers, and the Art of Body-snatching. Leeds: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2009.
Addresses the impact on the posthumous perception of Sterne of the numerous literary impersonations and mimicries that appeared following his death.
Ord, Melanie. Travel and Experience in Early Modern English Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Shows how texts like Coryat's Crudities and Dunton's Voyage Round the World helped shape the early modern cultural debate between theoretical and experiential forms of knowledge.
Paredez, Deborah. Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. Durham: Duke UP, 2009.
Explores the political and cultural meanings of remembering Selena, and her emergence through various media as a posthumous icon in the 1990s.
Peskin, Lawrence A. Captives and Countrymen: Barbary Slavery and the American Public, 1785-1816. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2009.
Letters from captives and newspaper and other contemporary accounts suggest the impact of the Barbary Wars on the national consciousness.
Peterson, Linda H. Becoming a Woman of Letters: Myths of Authorship and Facts of the Victorian Market. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2009.
Using contracts, letters, and other archival material, explores how women writers negotiated market realities to construct identities as authors.
Poirier, Suzanne. Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2009.
Close readings of accounts by medical school students highlight the physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of the process.
Poulos, Christopher N. Accidental Ethnography: An Inquiry into Family Secrecy. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2008.
Addresses how autoethnographers can use ethical, therapeutic narratives to confront family secrets and silences.
Powell, Richard J. Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2008.
Unpacks the ideological nature and cultural identity of nineteenth and twentieth century portraits of black people.
Pustz, Jennifer. Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants' Lives at Historic House Museums. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois UP, 2009.
Discusses the interpretation of servants and other hired help in historic house museums, and how to reconstruct the lives of those who have left few records.
Ragionieri, Pina. Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2009.
Exhibition catalog surveys multiple portrayals of Michelangelo's life, art, and reputation, from his own period to modern times.
Ransel, David L. A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2009.
Uses the diary of an eighteenth-century provincial merchant to trace the rise of Russia's commercial class.
Rascoroli, Laura. The Personal Cinema: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film. New York: Columbia UP, 2009.
Surveys forms of the essay film in which the filmmaker engages the spectator within a shared space of embodied subjectivity.
Reesman, Jeanne Campbell. Jack London's Racial Lives: A Critical Biography. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2009.
Connects London's choice of genres to his handling of racial content.
Riessman, Catherine Kohler. Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.
Guide to using oral narratives derived from interviews, from archival materials such as diaries and letters, from ethnographic observations based on field notes, and from visual media.
Roche, Rick. Real Lives Revealed: A Guide to Reading Interests in Biography. Santa Barbara: ABC/CLIO, 2009.
Describes and categorizes some six hundred biographies, providing sketches and reassessments of favorite and enduring texts.
Rodriguez, Rafael. Structuring Early Christian Memory: Jesus in Tradition, Performance. New York: Continuum, 2009.
Suggests a new way of viewing the "historical Jesus" in light of social memory research on the dialectic relationship between "past" and "present."
Rothberg, Michael. Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2009.
Shows how Holocaust memorialization has both enabled the articulation of other histories of victimization, and been shaped by ongoing processes of decolonization and civil rights movements.
Royce, Sarah. Across the Plains: Sarah Royce's Western Narrative. Ed. Jennifer Dawes Adkison. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2009.
New edition freshly transcribed from Royce's 1849 diary highlights her creation of a persona of a resolute pioneer woman.
Rubin, Miri. Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary. New Haven: Yale UP, 2009.
Investigates the ideas, images, and practices that have developed around the figure of Mary from the earliest decades of Christianity to around 1600.
Rudin, Ronald. Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian's Journey through Public Memory. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Through interviews conducted as an "embedded historian" in the Acadian community, suggests the range and conflicting purposes of public history.
Schwartz, Barry. Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era: History and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2008.
Documents changes in Lincoln's public standing during the 1900s.
Sharpe, Kevin. Selling the Tudor Monarchy: Authority and Image in Sixteenth-Century England. New Haven: Yale UP, 2009.
Analyzes how Tudor kings and queens sought to enhance their authority through verbal and visual self-representations.
Sidlauskas, Susan. Cezanne's Other: The Portraits of Hortense. Berkeley: U of California P, 2009.
Shows how in his portraits of his wife, Cezanne reformulated the idea of portraiture by deliberately not representing a consistent physiognomy or subjective inner life.
Simonet-Tenant, Francoise. Journal personnel et correspondance (1785-1939) ou les affinities electives. Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia-Brulant, 2009.
Suggests an approach for comparing generic, aesthetic, and historical aspects of letters and diaries.
Skura, Meredith Anne. Tudor Autobiography: Listening for Inwardness. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2008.
Argues for a new understanding of the history of English autobiography by unpacking the ways that sixteenth century English writers revealed their inwardness.
Staines, John D. The Tragic Histories of Mary Queen of Scots, 1560-1690. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.
Contrasts conservative, sentimental, royalist constructions of Mary to radical, skeptical, republican images.
Stevens, Dannelle D., and Joanne E. Cooper. Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight, and Positive Change. Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2009.
Provides theory, pedagogy, and techniques for using journals in classrooms and for professional development.
Straub, Julia. A Victorian Muse: The Afterlife of Dante's Beatrice in Nineteenth-Century Literature. New York: Continuum, 2009.
Shows how literary and visual representations of Beatrice reflect Victorian social and aesthetic concerns.
Street, Richard Steven. Everyone Had Cameras: Photography and Farm Workers in California, 1850-2000. Berkeley: U of California P, 2008.
Tracks the relationship between California farmworkers and the photographers who have documented their lives, from daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images.
Sutcliffe, Benjamin M. The Prose of Life: Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2009.
Examines how Natal'ia Baranskaia, Irina Grekova, Liudmila Petrushevskaia, Tati'iana Tolstaia, Liudmila Ulitskaia, and Svetlana Vasilenko used images of daily life to describe women's experiences in Russia from the 1960s to the present.
Tagg, John. The Disciplinary Frame: Photographic Truths and the Capture of Meaning. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota, 2009.
Interrogates photography within the surrounding discourses and institutions that circulate it and determine what counts as truth.
Thiem, Jon, with Deborah Dimon. Rabbit Creek Country: Three Ranching Lives in the Heart of the Mountain West. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2009.
Through the intertwined lives of John and Ida Elliott and Josephine Lamb, examines the changing land-bound culture of early twentieth-century rural Colorado.
Toman, John. Kilvert's Diary and Landscape. Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2009.
Places Francis Kilvert's diary in the context of Victorian cultural and landscape history.
Trimble, Charles, Barbara W. Sommer, and Mary Kay Quinlan. The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2008.
Introduces legal and ethical issues, procedures, and results particular to the conduct of oral histories of and by American Indian peoples.
Tylus, Jane. Reclaiming Catherine of Siena: Literacy, Literature, and the Signs of Culture. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2008.
By focusing on the interplay between orality and textuality in Catherine's letters, challenges the way she is situated in histories of early modern culture.
Van den Berg. Machiel A. Friends of Calvin. Trans. Reinder Bruinsma. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009.
Constructs a portrait of Calvin through twenty-four short biographies of members of his circle.
Vargas Machuca, Bernardo de. The Indian Militia and Description of the Indies. Ed. and intro. Kris Lane. Trans. Timothy F. Johnson. Durham: Duke UP, 2008.
New translation of Vargas Machuca's 1599 training manual for conquistadors.
Voigt, Lisa. Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic: Circulations of Knowledge and Authority in the Iberian and English Imperial Worlds. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2009.
Reveals how early modern captivity narratives were used both to emphasize cultural opposition and to valorize the knowledge and mediating abilities acquired by captives.
Walker, Clarence E. Mongrel Nation: The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2009.
Connects the biographical and historical controversies over the relationship between Jefferson and Hemings to competing conceptions of race and of the United States.
Wathen, Bruce. Sir Francis Drake: The Construction of a Hero. Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, 2009.
Explores the successive reconstructions of Drake as a cultural icon.
Wilson, Philip K., Elizabeth A. Dolan, and Malcolm Dick. Anna Seward's Life of Erasmus Darwin. Studley, Warwickshire: Brewin, 2009.
New edition, with contextualizing introduction, of Seward's Life (1804), the first biography of Erasmus Darwin.
Wilson, Sonia. Personal Effects: Reading the Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff Oxford: Legenda, 2009.
Reads Bashkirtseff's diary as a performance of writing in which a display of the personal mediates between the private and public.
Wong, Edlie L. Neither Fugitive nor Free: Atlantic Slavery, Freedom Suits, and the Legal Culture of Travel. New York: NYU P, 2009.
Uses press and court documents to argue for freedom suits--court cases involving slaves accompanying slaveholders into free jurisdictions--as an additional genre of the African American literary tradition.
Wyke, Maria. Caesar: A Life in Western Culture. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2008. Explores how Caesar became, and is continually refigured as, a central Western icon.
Wylie, Dan. Myth of Iron: Shaka in History. Athens/Pietermaritzburg/Oxford: Ohio UP/U of KwaZulu-Natal P/James Currey, 2008.
Underutilized evidence such as Zulu oral testimonies resurrect the biography of Shaka from the public mythology.
Yagoda, Ben. Memoir: A History. New York: Penguin, 2009.
Explores the current popularity of memoir writing and reading.
Yang Zhengrun. A Modern Poetics of Biography. Nanjing: Nanjing UP, 2009.
Reads classic works in Chinese and Western biographical history on the levels of ontology, typology, and writing.
EDITED VOLUMES AND SPECIAL ISSUES
A/B 23.1 (Summer 2008). "Paul John Eakin and James Olney: A Festschrift." Ed. Joseph Hogan and Rebecca Hogan.
Smith, Tom. "Mentors to Many: James Olney and Paul John Eakin." 4-10.
Highlights the impact of Olney and Eakin on his own career and on the development of autobiography studies.
Jolly, Margaretta, and Celia Hunt. "Paul John Eakin and the Psychology of English." 11-24.
Explores Eakin's opening up of links among life writing, psychology, and studies of the self that move beyond psychoanalysis.
Huff, Cynthia. "Memory, Memorabilia, and Life Narrative." 25-40.
Shows how unpacking the cultural histories of private, common objects like diaries helps to reveal how cultures construct memory and remembering.
Parker, David. "Towards an Aesthetics of Autobiography." 41-51.
Considering the location of "autobiography" within a set of institutional practices, asks "what might an aesthetics of autobiography look like?"
Egan, Susanna. "Faith, Doubt, and Textual Identity." 52-64.
Addresses the place of faith and doubt in underpinning the writing of a textual identity, in light of autobiographical fakes and impostures.
Porter, Roger J. "Inquiry and Denial: Helen Fremont's Anguish of Silence." 65-79.
Focuses on Fremont's attempts to overcome her parent's efforts to conceal their Judaism and their past as Holocaust survivors.
Bloom, Lynn Z. "Coming to Life, Coming to Art: Autobiography from Theory to Canon to Classroom." 80-95.
Traces the movement from autobiography's acceptance as a literary genre to the development of life writing pedagogy as a professional practice.
Freadman, Richard. "Teaching Non-Fictional Prose in Melbourne and Hong Kong." 96-122.
Compares the experiences of creating autobiographical writing curricula at La Trobe and Lingnan universities.
Stelzig, Eugene. "The Barber of Salzburg." 123-36.
Personal narrative of an experience in Salzburg in 1967 exemplifies the relationship between memory and identity.
McRae, Nick. "James Olney: A Bibliography." 137-40.
McRae, Nick. "Paul John Eakin: A Bibliography." 141-43.
Ab Imperio 10.1 (2009). "Narrating the Multiple Self: New Biographies for the Empire."
Hrytsak, Iarrslav. "Nationalizing a Multiethnic Space: The Case(s) of Ivan Franko and Galicia."
Chronicles Franko's journey, from a multiethnic and multilingual background, into becoming a venerated Ukrainian nationalist poet.
Suny, Ronald Grigor. "Making Sense of Stalin."
Situates Stalin biographies on a continuum ranging from Marxist and structuralist approaches to Freudian and psychohistorical studies.
Minkina, Olga. "Jews in the 'Greater Political Space': Jewish Deputies in the Late Eighteenth Early Nineteenth Century Russian Empire."
Unpacks the uncertain relations of Jewish Deputies--the official representatives of the Jewish people--to various imperial elites.
Petrovsky-Shtern, Yohanan. "Moshko the Imperial."
In telling the story of Moshko Blank, contextualizes Lenin's attitude toward Jews and his Jewish roots.
Khodarkovsky, Michael. "The Return of Lieutenant Atarshchikov: Empire and Identity in Asiatic Russia."
Explores the consequences for identity constructions of imperial Russian expansion into the Northern Caucasus and beyond.
Bailey, Scott C. "A Biography in Motion: Chokan Valikhanov and His Travels in Central Eurasia."
Discusses the travel narratives of a mid-nineteenth-century Kazakh historian and ethnographer.
Tereshkovich, Pavel. "Borderland as Destiny: Identity Metamorphoses in the Borderlands of Eastern Europe."
Shows how biographies of Byelorussian border dwellers such as Mikhal Bobrowski, Ignacy Danilowich, and the Iwanowski brothers reflect the multiple, fluctuating, and collective identity constructions of the East European borderlands.
Kornienko, Boris. "Ataman F. F. Taube: An Icon of Cossack Nationalism."
Explores how an imperial officer and member of the dynastic elite was transformed into a symbol of Cossackness.
Shnirelman. Victor. "Presidents and Archeology, or What Do Politicians Seek in Ancient Times: Distant Past and Its Political Role in the USSR and during the Post-Soviet Period."
Argues that a persisting Soviet ethno-federalist framework leads post-Soviet politicians to resort to myths of autochthonism to affirm the legitimacy of contemporary sovereign states.
Ageing and Society 29.6 (Aug. 2009). "Discourse, Identity and Change in Mid-to-Late Life: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language and Ageing." Ed. Justine Coupland.
Coupland, Justine. "Discourse, Identity and Change in Mid-to-Late Life: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language and Ageing." 849-61.
Introduces ways in which change is discursively interpreted and negotiated by and for or about individuals in diverse social frames.
Nikander, Pirjo. "Doing Change and Continuity: Age Identity and the Micro-Macro Divide." 863-81.
Uses qualitative gerontology and discursive psychology to show how Finnish baby-boomers simultaneously acknowledge and distance themselves from aging.
Bytheway, Bill. "Writing about Age, Birthdays and the Passage of Time." 883-901.
Longitudinal study from the Mass-Observation Archive highlights the personal and social significance of adult birthdays and their contribution to a sense of aging.
Norrick, Neal R. "The Construction of Multiple Identities in Elderly Narrators' Stories." 903-927.
Focuses on how elderly narrators convey multiple, sometimes incompatible, identities within the scope of a single account.
Matsumoto, Yoshiko. "Dealing with Life Changes: Humour in Painful Self-Disclosures by Elderly Japanese Women." 929-52.
Through a study ofJapanese elderly women's conversations, examines the complex structures of "painful self-disclosures" about ill health, immobility, or bereavement.
Coupland, Justine. "Time, the Body and the Reversibility of Ageing: Commodifying the Decade." 953-76.
Unpacks commercialized discourses from magazines, tv, and websites that equate aging with a reversible and repairable "look" of aging.
Akbari, Suzanne Conklin, and Amilcare A. Iannucci, eds. Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Essays explore how Marco Polo's experiences on the Silk Road constituted cultural exchange.
Akbari, Suzanne Conklin. "Introduction: East, West, and In-between." 3-20.
Shows how the essays move beyond the history of cultural encounter in terms of an essentialist binarism between East and West.
Strickland, Debra Higgs. "Text, Image, and Contradiction in the Devisement dou monde."
Highlights the interrelation of text and image in two early fifteenth century illustrated Marco Polo manuscripts.
Kinoshita, Sharon. "Marco Polo's Le Devisement dou monde and the Tributary East." 60-86.
Places Marco Polo's work in the context of the "thematics of crusade."
Steinicke, Marion. "Marco Polo's Devisement dou monde as a Narcissistic Trauma." 87-109.
Offers a Freudian interpretation of Marco Polo's encounter with the Other.
Akbari, Suzanne Conklin. "Currents and Currency in Marco Polo's Devisement dou monde and The Book of John Mandeville." 110-30.
Uses the idea of "currency" to articulate both Mandeville's devotional structure and Marco Polo's mercantile discourse.
Larner, John. "Plucking Hairs from the Great Cham's Beard: Marco Polo, Jan de Langhe, and Sir John Mandeville." 133-55.
Contextualizes the places of Marco Polo, Jan de Langhe, and John Mandeville in late medieval imaginings of the East.
Yeager, Suzanne M. "The World Translated: Marco Polo's Le Devisement dou monde, The Book of Sir John Mandeville, and Their Medieval Audiences." 156-81.
Considers how these works were understood by fourteenth-century readers.
McLaughlin, Martin. "Calvino's Rewriting of Marco Polo: From the 1960 Screenplay to Invisible Cities." 182-200.
Maps the impact of Marco Polo's account on Calvino's work.
Iannucci, Amilcare A., and John Tulk. "From Alterity to Holism: Cinematic Depictions of Marco Polo and His Travels." 201-243.
Charts the range of cinematic adaptations of Marco Polo's text.
Whitfield, Susan. "The Perils of Dichotomous Thinking: A Case of Ebb and Flow Rather Than East and West." 247-61.
Argues that Central Asian history is impossible to understand in terms of an encounter between East and West.
Huang, Yunte. "Marco Polo: Meditations on Intangible Economy and Vernacular Imagination." 262-79.
Differentiates readings of Marco Polo in terms of visual image and audible utterance.
Zhang, Longxi. "Marco Polo, Chinese Cultural Identity, and an Alternative Model of East-West Encounter." 280-96.
Chinese documentary sources invert the subject-object relationship of traditional readings of Marco Polo.
Alexander, Jeffrey C. Remembering the Holocaust: A Debate. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.
Addresses the changing understanding of the Holocaust in post-World War II Western popular imagination, and the consequences of that evolution.
Alexander, Jeffrey C. "The Social Construction of Moral Universals." 3-102.
Explores how the Holocaust--a specific, situated historical event--became a generalized symbol of human suffering and moral evil.
Jay, Martin. "Allegories of Evil: A Response to Jeffrey Alexander." 105-113.
Considers the allegorization of the Holocaust and the transferability of trauma constructions.
Giesen, Beernhard. "From Denial to Confessions of Guilt: The German Case." 114-22.
Complicates the adaptation of the Holocaust by transnational models of collective identity.
Rothberg, Michael. "Multidirectional Memory and the Universalization of the Holocaust." 123-34.
In light of such events as decolonization, contrasts multidirectional and competitive Holocaust narratives.
Manne, Robert. "On the Political Corruptions of a Moral Universal." 135-46.
Focuses on de-Americanizing Holocaust narratives, and the consequences of universalization.
Glazer, Nathan. "Jeffrey Alexander on the Response to the Holocaust." 146-55.
Highlights particularities of Jewish responses to the Holocaust.
Katz, Elihu, and Ruth Katz. "Life and Death among the Binaries: Notes on Jeffrey Alexander's Constructionism." 156-70.
Points out varied emphases in alternative cultural constructions of Holocaust narratives.
Alexander, Jeffrey C. "On the Global and Local Representation of the Holocaust Tragedy." 173-91.
Focuses on representations and implications of the Holocaust in Israel.
Amerasia Journal 35.1 (2009). "Where Women Tell Stories."
Rustomji, Roshni, and Luz de la Rosa. "Subverting the Hierarchy! Collaborating Narratives." 1-19.
Dialogue focuses on experiences of minority women in feminist organizations.
Chea, Jolie. "Refugee Acts: Articulating Silences Through Critical Remembering and ReMembering." 20-43.
Cambodian American scholar describes her research on Khmer Rouge era Cambodia, a period that her parents would not discuss with her.
Kim-Gibson, Dae Sil. "Do You Hear Their Voices?" 44-55.
Speech by filmmaker Kim-Gibson about making Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women.
American Historical Review 114.3 (June 2009). "Historians and Biography." Ed. David Nasaw.
Nasaw, David. "Historians and Biography: An Introduction." 573-78.
Considers the changing relationships between history and biography.
Bannner, Lois W. "Biography as History." 579-86.
Reflects on biographical narratives as histories that validate historical constructions, probe for motivations, and relate to issues of ancestry, kinship, family, and friendship.
Brown, Judith M. "'Life Histories' and the History of Modern South Asia." 587-95.
Considers the social role of autobiographies in the construction of history from personal archives and correspondence.
Brown, Kate. "A Place in Biography for Oneself." 596-605.
Compares her travels to Ukraine, the subject of her book A Biography of No Place, to her youth in Elgin, Illinois.
Fleming, Robin. "Writing Biography at the Edge of History." 606-614.
Highlights the use of material evidence as a supplement to biographical writing in medieval English history.
Hellbeck, Jochen. "Galaxy of Black Stars: The Power of Soviet Biography." 615-24.
Explores the social role of autobiographical narratives in government work, memoirs of industrial workers, and accounts of wartime experience.
Kessler-Harris, Alice. "Why Biography?" 625-30.
Through her work on Lillian Hellman and 1950s politics, considers the tension between factual accuracy and historical truth.
Mann, Susan. "Scene-Setting: Writing Biography in Chinese History." 631-39.
Sketches the history and social roles of biography and historical writing in China.
Taylor, Barbara. "Separations of Soul: Solitude, Biography, History." 640-51.
Relates solitude in personal experience to historical research in life writing, focusing on Mary Wollstonecraft's Scandinavian travel experiences and narratives.
Vardi, Liana. "Rewriting the Lives of Eighteenth-Century Economists." 652-61.
Discusses the historiography and methodology of biographical writing in economic history.
American Historical Review 114.3 (June 2009). "Simon Schama's A History of Britain."
Reviews of the fifteen-part BBC series A History of Britain, with a response by the series creator and narrator.
Rubin, Miri. "BBC's A History of Britain" 664-71.
Peck, Linda Levy. "Schama's Brittania." 672-83.
Stansky, Peter. "Simon Schama: A History of Britain" 684-91.
Schama, Simon. "A History of Britain: A Response." 692-700.
Andrews, Molly, Corinne Squire, and Maria Tamboukou, eds. Doing Narrative Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008.
Looks at the theoretical underpinnings and processes of narrative research in the context of its multidisciplinary social science origins.
Squire, Corinne, Molly Andrews, and Maria Tamboukou. "Introduction: What Is Narrative Research?" 1-21.
Introduces the diverse history and theoretical foundations of narrative research.
Patterson, Wendy. "Narratives of Events: Labovian Narrative Analysis and Its Limitations." 21-40.
Analyzes advantages and limitations of William Labov's model of the structure of personal experience narratives.
Squire, Corinne. "Experience-Centred and Culturally-Oriented Approaches to Narrative." 41-63.
Shows how a Labovian experience-centered approach to narrative has been placed within a framework of social discourses and practices and cultural genres.
Phoenix, Ann. "Analysing Narrative Contexts." 64-77.
Addresses the co-construction of narratives in the interpersonal contexts between interviewer and interviewee.
Salmon, Phillida, and Catherine Kohler Riessman. "Looking Back on Narrative Research: An Exchange." 78-85.
Discusses the dialogic nature of narrative practice, and contested nature of narrative inquiry.
Andrews, Molly. "Never the Last Word: Revising Data." 86-101.
Focusing on narrative researchers who revisit earlier projects, considers what constitutes an "adequate interpretation."
Tamboukou, Maria. "A Foucauldian Approach to Narratives." 102-120.
Offers a Foucauldian model for analyzing the relationship between narrative, subjectivity, and power.
Hyden, Margareta. "Narrating Sensitive Topics." 121-36.
Highlights relational and cultural definitions for what constitutes a "sensitive" topic in narrative research.
Gready, Paul. "The Public Life of Narratives: Ethics, Politics, Methods." 127-50.
Examines the effects of narrative research results in the public realm, and how such consequences should be factored into the research.
Riessman, Catherine Kohler. "Concluding Comments." 151-56.
In reflecting on the essays' themes and interconnections, raises questions about the "theoretical bricolage" of narrative research.
Ariel 39.1-2 (Jan.-Apr. 2008).
Whitlock, Gillian. "From Tehran to Tehrangeles: The Generic Fix of Iranian Exilic Memoirs." 7-27.
Suggests more expansive possibilities for thinking about generic precursors for Iranian women's exilic memoirs.
Gewurtz, Margo. "The Afterlife of Memory in China: Yang Jiang's Cultural Revolution Memoir." 29-45.
Places Yang's memoir within Chinese cultural traditions, while acknowledging its stylistic innovations.
Baena, Rosalia. "Of Misses and Tuan Kechils: Colonial Childhood Memoirs as Cultural Mediation in British Malaya." 89-112.
Shows how childhood memoirs by British colonials in Malaya resist generalizing discourses of the colonial.
Kocaoner Silku, Rezzan. "Wonderful Adventures: Transcending Liminality and Redefining
Identity in Mary Jane Grant Seacole's Autobiography." 113-27.
Explains Seacole's use of strategic liminality to transgress the boundaries of race and gender.
Levitt, Laura. "Embodied Criticism: A French Lesson." 217-38.
Focuses on Alice Kaplan's engagements with the legacies of French fascism, and the psychological stakes in the loss of her father.
Atkinson, Paul, and Sara Delamont, eds. Representing Ethnography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009. 4 vols.
Eighty-seven articles examine issues in the textual representation of ethnographic work, focusing on theoretical controversies, reading qualitative research, the rhetorical turn in ethnographic research, and representations of ethnographic realities.
Beals, Herbert K., R. J. Campbell, Ann Savours, Anita McConnell, and Roy Bridges, eds. Four Travel Journals: The Americas, Antarctica and Africa, 1775-1874. Burlington: Ash gate, 2008.
Annotated editions of previously unpublished accounts of a Spanish expedition sent from Mexico to the northwest coast of America in 1775, an 1827 survey of the Straits of Magellan, an 1828-1831 mapping expedition to the South Atlantic, and the freed African slave Jacob Wainwright's return of David Livingstone's body to the African coast.
Belasco, Susan, ed. Stowe in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2009.
Thirty-eight recollections of Stowe written by family members, friends, and other contemporary writers complicate the received image of Stowe.
Biografie Bulletin 19.1 (Voorjaar 2009). "De nieuwe biografie."
Soeting, Monica. "Tijd voor een nieuw begin: Maaike Meijer stelt kritische vragen aan de traditionele biografie." 4-6.
Meijer suggests grounds for new life writing paradigms.
Henkes, Barbara. "Liefde, leugens en egodocumenten: Oral history en de veranderende status van ooggetuigenverhalen in de naoorlogse historiografie." 7-12.
Offers positivist, romantic, and deconstructivist approaches to witness narratives.
Van Isselt, Jet Van Dam. "Spelen met identiteiten: Het schooldagboek van twee tieners, …