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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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A Tool Kit: Twenty-four Strategies for Reading Life Narratives

A Tool Kit: Twenty-four Strategies for Reading Life Narratives

(p.235) 9 A Tool Kit: Twenty-four Strategies for Reading Life Narratives
Reading Autobiography

Sidonie Smith

Julia Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides a “tool kit” offering twenty four sets of questions for engaging concepts central to life narrative and to autobiographical studies as a whole. These questions suggest entering points and strategies for addressing the burgeoning array of life narratives available today. The following questions are concerned with: agency, audience and addressee, authority and authenticity, authorship and the historical moment, the autobiographical “I”, autographics, body and embodiment, coherence and closure, collaborative autobiography, ethics, evidence, experience, history of reading publics, identity, knowledge and self-knowledge, memory, narrative plotting and modes, online lives, paratexts, relationality, space and place, temporality, trauma and scriptotherapy, and voice.

Keywords:   tool kit, life narrative, autobiographical studies, agency, audience, authenticity, authorship, autographics, embodiment, closure

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