This collection of short essays provides a rigorous, rich, collaborative space in which scholars and practitioners debate the value of different methodological approaches to the study of life narratives and explore a diverse range of interdisciplinary methods. Auto/biography studies has been one of the most vibrant sub-disciplines to emerge in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the past decade, providing significant links between disciplines including Literary Studies, Languages, Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Medical Humanities, Creative Writing, History, Gender Studies, Education, Sociology and Anthropology.
The essays in this collection position auto/biography as a key discipline for modelling interdisciplinary approaches to methodology and ask: What original and important thinking can auto/biography studies bring to discussions of methodology for literary studies and beyond? And how does the diversity of methodological interventions in auto/biography studies build a strong and diverse research discipline? In including some of auto/biography’s leading international scholars alongside emerging scholars, and exploring key subgenres and practices, this collection showcases knowledge about what we do when engaging in auto/biographical research. Research Methodologies for Auto/biography Studies offers a series of case studies that explore the research practices, reflective behaviors, and ethical considerations that inform auto/biographical research.