Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2000-2001

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Na, Kang-Yup. "The Meaning of Christ in Paul: A Reading of Galatians 1.11-2.21 in the Light of Wilhelm Dilthey's 'Lebensphilosphie.'" Emory U, 2001. DAI 62/03-A (Sept. 2001): 1068.

Uses Dilthey's understanding of autobiography to argue that Galatians does not provide autobiographical information about Paul, but autobiographical meaning.

Odhoji, Benjamin M. O. "'Restorying' the Margins: Patterns of Self-Representations in Contemporary Black South African and African American Autobiographies." Emory U, 2000. DAI 61/08-A (Feb. 2001): 3162.

Compares how black South African and African American autobiographies redefine and rewrite in terms of race, gender, class, and sexuality stifling historical experiences of a life lived on the margins, and thus narratively "restory" the margins.

Ortiz, Lisa Marie. "Modes of Autoethnography: Genealogical, Autobiographical, and Historical Recovery in the Novels of Alvarez, Cliff and Danticat." Wayne State U, 2000. DAI 61/3-A (Sept. 2000): 989.

Proposes an autoethnographic reading for recovering ethnic American's women's history.

Papailias, Penelope Cecilia. "Genres of Recollection: History, Testimony, and Archive in Contemporary Greece." U of Michigan, 2001. DAI 62/01-A (July 2001): 226.

Examines the politics of historical representation in contemporary Greece by showing how outside of official institutions individuals have been collecting and archiving oral testimonies and writing local histories to mediate between personal experience and public histories, structures, and genres.

Perry, Carolyn Elaine. "The Augustinian Confessional Tradition Transformed in 'Black Boy' and 'Hunger of Memory.'" U of Texas-Dallas, 2001. DAI 62/05-A (Nov. 2001): 1826.

Shows how the themes of hunger and language in Augustine's Confessions are transformed in the work of Richard Wright and Richard Rodriguez.

Persson, Ann-Sofie B. "Tracing Childhood: The Poetics of Autobiography in the Writings of Maria Wine, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Nathalie Sarraute." Ohio State U, 2001. DAI 62/04-A (Oct. 2001): 1402.

Explores how three authors of different geographical and social origins, race, sex, and culture approach the problem of narrating their childhoods.

Photinos, Christie Elizabeth. "Villainous Vagrants, Hard-Travelin' Hoboes, and Sisters of the Road: The Figure of the Tramp in American Literature, 1873-1939." U of California-San Diego, 2000. DAI 618-A (Feb. 2001): 3174.

Corrects masculinist bias in the treatment of the tramp figure in American novels and autobiographies between 1873 and 1939.

Postlewate, Maria-Luisa Herrera. "How and Why I Write: Redefining Hispanic Women's Writing and Experience." U of Texas-Arlington, 2001. DMI 62/03-A (Sept. 2001): 1012.

Examines how works by Soledad Puertolas, Rosa Montero, Isabel Allende, and Julia Alvarez defy generic traditions by using narrators who are also writers constructing the texts at hand.

Powell, Katrina Mary. "Discourse Negotiation: Self-Representation across Multiple Genres." U of Louisville, 2000. DM61/10-A (Apr. 2001):3981.

Suggests how genres can simultaneously constrain and liberate students, who can vary their performances of self-representation to resist genres and make their own contributions.

Purnell, Kim La Vein. "I Sing, Therefore I Am: The (De)construction of Identity through the Autobiography, Personal Narratives and Music Lyrics of Billie Holiday." U of Georgia, 2000. DAI61/11-A (May 2001):4227.

Focusing on Billie Holiday, explores black women's responses to marginalization, using a rhetorical analysis of (auto)biographies, personal narratives, and music.

Reis, Martha Lynn. "Hidden Histories: Ben Reitman and the 'Outcast' Women Behind 'Sister of the Road: The Autobiography of Box-Car Bertha."' U of Minnesota. 2000. …