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Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, Second Edition

Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson


With the memoir boom, life storytelling has become ubiquitous and emerged as a distinct field of study. This book presents a critical introduction to life writing in all its forms. It aims to help with the reading and interpreting of autobiographical texts and presents various methods for this across the humanities, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. This edition lays out a sophisticated, theoretical approach to life writing and the components of autobiographical acts, including memory, experience, identity, embodiment, space, and agency. The book explores these components, revie ... More

Keywords: memoir, autobiography, autobiographical texts, life writing, memory, autobiographical subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780816669851
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sidonie Smith, author

Julia Watson, author