Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Auto/biography in Canada: Critical Directions

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Auto/biography in Canada: Critical Directions

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Julie Rak (ed.), Auto/biography in Canada: Critical Directions (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005), 250 pp. Paper. $32.95. ISBN 0-8892-0478-0.

The aim of Auto/biography in Canada: Critical Directions is twofold: to demonstrate recent developments in auto/biography in Canada and further the work of auto/biography studies in Canada. The contributors wish to correct the view that auto/biography studies are marginal to other literary studies.

The fifteen contributors argue that auto/biography is less a genre than a discourse about identity and representation. They provide multidisciplinary perspectives on a wide range of topics including public memory of the holocaust, Grey Owl, memory, biography and the intellectually disabled, death notices as auto/biography, queer Canadian autobiography and migrant women's writings in Quebec.

The editor's excellent introduction traces historical developments in auto/biography in Canada and maps out new theoretical perspectives. It is a little unfortunate that the introduction also includes an error on p. 2 in the form of a reference to the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) (the name and abbreviation are quoted incorrectly). …

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