Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2000-2001
Wachter, Phyllis E., Schultz, William Todd, Biography
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF STEFANIE PAGE
Allen, Richard L. The Concept of Self: A Study of Black Identity and Self-Esteem. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2001.
Examines the historical formation of African American individual and collective senses of self, and uses results from the National Survey of Black Americans to develop a model of the African self.
Anderson, Linda. Autobiography. New York: Routledge, 2001.
Examines the theory and practice of autobiographical writing from St. Augustine to the present, featuring different forms of the genre ranging from confessions and narratives to diaries and memoirs.
Appleby, Joyce. Inheriting the Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2001.
Draws on hundreds of memoirs and autobiographies for an account of how the first post-U.S. Revolution generation crafted a national identity.
Arch, Stephen Carl. After Franklin: The Emergence of Autobiography in Post-Revolutionary America, 1780-1830. Hanover, NH: UP of New England, 2001.
Traces the development of modern conceptions of selfhood and identity in seldom-read late 18th and early 19th century autobiographical texts by Americans.
Beard, Mary. The Invention of Jane Harrison. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2000.
This nontraditional biography examines the "processes through which we construct a narrative out of a life," and features a "biographer's investment" in her subject without the tone of certainty which accompanies most biographies.
Berry, Ruth. Jung: A Beginners Guide. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2000.
Explores Jung's background, the times he lived in, and the development of Jungian analysis.
Bibb, Henry. The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave. Ed. Charles Heglar. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2000.
A new edition of the 1849 text, with selected letters and editorials by Bibb.
Booth, Marilyn. May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt. Berkeley: U of California P, 2001.
Casts new light on Arabic life writing and the role of cultural traditions in shaping women's lives by demonstrating how biographies of women published in Egypt in the early 20th century prescribed complex role models for middle-class girls.
Burt, Daniel S. The Biography Book. Westport: Oryx/Greenwood, 2001.
A reader's/viewer's guide to nonfictional, fictional, and film biographies of over 500 individuals.
Byatt, A. S. The Biographer's Tale. New York: Knopf, 2001.
Novel that explores how a quest for facts is often a quest for identity.
-----. On Histories and Stories: Selected Essays. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2001.
Selected essays on narrative and life writing theory, historical fiction, and European literary traditions.
Cary, Phillip. Augustine's Invention of the Inner Self The Legacy of a Christian Platonist. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000.
Argues that Augustine invented the concept of the self as a private space, resolving tensions between Neoplatonist and Catholic traditions.
Chinosole. African Diaspora and Autobiographics: Skeins of Self and Skin. New York: Peter Lang, 2001.
Traces political and aesthetic linkages among autobiographical accounts by writers of the African diaspora, including Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, Richard Wright, Peter Abrahams, George Lamming, Agostinho Neto, Audre Lorde, Assata Shakur, and Evelyn Williams.
Cholakian, Patricia Francis. Women and the Politics of Self-Representation in Seventeenth-Century France. Newark, DE: U of Delaware P, 2000.
Explores six 17th century self-narratives as gestures of political resistance to the marginalization of women in the ancien regime. [Reviewed in this issue.]
Clarke, Norma. Dr. Johnson 's Women. New York: Hambledon, 2001.
Clifford, Nicholas R. 'A Truthful Impression of the Country ": British and American Travel Writing in China, 1880--1949. …