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Reading AutobiographyA Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, Second Edition$
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Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669851

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669851.001.0001

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In the Wake of the Memoir Boom

In the Wake of the Memoir Boom

Chapter:
(p.127) 5 In the Wake of the Memoir Boom
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Reading Autobiography
Author(s):

Sidonie Smith

Julia Watson

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669851.003.0005

This chapter examines some emergent forms of life writing that have recently gained prominence. These include the new-model national narrative; narratives of rights, testimony, incarceration, and reconciliation; embodiment stories of gender and sexuality, gastrography, and “conscious aging”; narratives of grief, mourning, and reparation; narratives of breakdown and breakthrough, illness, impairment, vulnerability, addiction, and recovery; autoethnography; ecobiography; and the celebrity self-advertisements of movie stars, sports heroes, and military leaders. This examination exposes how autobiographical acts take place at cultural sites where discourses intersect, conflict, and compete with one another, as narrators are pulled and tugged into complex and contradictory self-positionings through a performative dialogism. In these acts the terms of the narrator-audience relationship are renegotiated as writers and practitioners develop new rhetorics of identity and strategies of self-presentation for being heard as different subjects and subjects in difference.

Keywords:   life writing, new-model national narrative, testimony, incarceration, reconciliation, gastrography, autoethnography, ecobiography, performative dialogism

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