Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

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This book aims to be at once a comprehensive critical introduction and a retrospective study of autobiography. We hope that it will be useful to advanced undergraduate and graduate students and to scholars in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts who are interested in the burgeoning field of life writing. We also intend the organization of this guide to be user-friendly for the general reader.

Reading Autobiography is divided into seven substantive chapters that explore the building blocks and components of autobiographical acts, review the histories of autobiography and autobiography criticism, and offer a “tool kit” of pertinent questions for twenty key concepts. Each chapter has several clearly labeled subsections. There are also several appendixes—an overview of the genres of life writing, classroom exercises, Internet resources, and bibliographies of primary and secondary texts. The book is laid out in such a way that instructors can use chapters independently or out of sequence, and tailor the information to their course needs.

Instructors in departments of literature, American studies, women's studies, African American and ethnic studies, history, and other fields in which the study of autobiography comprises a significant subject of inquiry will find Reading Autobiography a helpful guide. At the graduate level, this text offers a comprehensive introduction for . . .

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