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Routledge Auto/Biography Studies


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The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies book series publishes outstanding new work from preeminent scholars and emerging voices in autobiography, biography, life writing, life narrative, and identity studies. This series is an interdisciplinary project that maintains interest in all forms of auto/biographical narrative analysis related to understanding varied constructions of the self. While centered in literary studies and the larger field of the humanities, books in this series engage with scholars and theories from such disciplines as anthropology, biology, linguistics, pedagogy, psychology, and sociology, among others. The emphasis on exploring the innovative authors, genres, and methodologies of auto/biographical narratives appeals to scholars, students, and practitioners alike. Emerging from Routledge’s longstanding commitment to auto/biography studies, this series makes a substantial contribution to the burgeoning global study of lives and life stories. 

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Psychoanalysis and Narrative Literature, Film and Autobiography

Psychoanalysis and Narrative: Literature, Film and Autobiography

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Jorgelina Corbatta
August 02, 2024

Psychoanalysis and Narrative analyzes narrative in literary fiction, film, and autobiography, through different psychoanalytic lenses including gender and socio-cultural perspectives. This book aims to demonstrate how fictionists, auto-fictionists, and film makers have intuitively developed-through...

Family and Artistic Relations  in Polish Women’s Autobiographical Literature

Family and Artistic Relations in Polish Women’s Autobiographical Literature

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Aleksandra Grzemska
June 03, 2024

Family and Artistic Relations in Polish Women’s Autobiographical Literature examines women’s autobiographical works published in Poland after the year 2000 in a broader cultural context. This volume focuses on the writers’ representation of their relationships with their mothers – many of them ...

Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging

Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging

1st Edition

By Nicole Stamant
January 29, 2024

Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging provides a fresh look at the complex dialogue of race and identity in memoir, examining three generations of biracial African Americans’ experiences in their autobiographies. Exploring writers from James McBride and Shirlee Taylor Haizlip to Barack Obama, Toi ...

Career Narratives and Academic Womanhood In the Spaces Provided

Career Narratives and Academic Womanhood: In the Spaces Provided

1st Edition

Edited By Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle
December 12, 2023

Career Narratives and Academic Womanhood is a collection of essays in which life writing scholars theorize their early-career, mid-career, and late-career experiences with the documents that shape their professional lives as women: the institutional auto/biography of employment letters, curriculum ...

Conrad, Autobiographical Remembering, and the Making of Narrative Identity

Conrad, Autobiographical Remembering, and the Making of Narrative Identity

1st Edition

By Xiaoling Yao
November 24, 2023

Drawing on recent studies on life writing, memory, the narrative turn, and psychology, Conrad, Autobiographical Remembering, and the Making of Narrative Identity is the first major work that extensively explores the dynamic interplay between Conrad’s autobiographical remembering and storytelling in...

Trans Narratives trans, transmedia, transnational

Trans Narratives: trans, transmedia, transnational

1st Edition

Edited By Ana Horvat, Orly Lael Netzer, Sarah McRae, Julie Rak
September 25, 2023

Recently, "trans" has taken on a number of important theoretical and critical meanings inside and outside the academy. As a prefix, "trans" can attach itself to other words to express or describe movement and change, as it does in the terms "transnational" or "transmedia." Trans is also an ...

Speculative Biography Experiments, Opportunities and Provocations

Speculative Biography: Experiments, Opportunities and Provocations

1st Edition

Edited By Donna Lee Brien, Kiera Lindsey
May 31, 2023

While speculation has always been crucial to biography, it has often been neglected, denied or misunderstood. This edited collection brings together a group of international biographers to discuss how, and why, each uses speculation in their work; whether this is to conceptualise a project in its ...

Contemporary Second- and Third-Person Autobiographical Writing Narrating the Male Self

Contemporary Second- and Third-Person Autobiographical Writing: Narrating the Male Self

1st Edition

By Christina Schönberger-Stepien
March 31, 2023

This book explores 21st-century uses of the second- and third-person perspective in Anglophone autobiographical narratives by canonical male writers. Through detailed readings of contemporary autobiographical works by Paul Auster, Julian Barnes, J.M. Coetzee, and Salman Rushdie, the study ...

Virginia Woolf’s Afterlives The Author as Character in Contemporary Fiction and Drama

Virginia Woolf’s Afterlives: The Author as Character in Contemporary Fiction and Drama

1st Edition

By Monica Latham
January 09, 2023

This book explores Virginia Woolf’s afterlives in contemporary biographical novels and drama. It offers an extensive analysis of a wide array of literary productions in which Virginia Woolf appears as a fictional character or a dramatis persona. It examines how Woolf’s physical and psychological ...

The Work of Life Writing Essays and Lectures

The Work of Life Writing: Essays and Lectures

1st Edition

By G. Thomas Couser
December 19, 2022

Life writing, in its various forms, does work that other forms of expression do not; it bears on the world in a way distinct from imaginative genres like fiction, drama, and poetry; it acts in and on history in significant ways. Memoirs of illness and disability often seek to depathologize the ...

Towards a Theory of Life-Writing Genre Blending

Towards a Theory of Life-Writing: Genre Blending

1st Edition

By Marija Krsteva
November 30, 2022

Towards a Theory of Life-Writing: Genre Blending provides a look into the rules of life-writing genre blending proposing a theory to explain and illustrate the main regulations governing such genre play. It centers on fact and fiction duality in the formation of auto/biofictional genres. This book ...

Artists and Their Autobiographies from Today to the Renaissance and Back Symptoms of Sincerity

Artists and Their Autobiographies from Today to the Renaissance and Back: Symptoms of Sincerity

1st Edition

By Charles Reeve
November 25, 2022

Reading life writing that runs from Tracey Emin, Faith Ringgold and Judy Chicago to Marie Bashkirtseff, Benvenuto Cellini and beyond, Artists and Their Autobiographies from Today to the Renaissance and Back investigates the intriguing doubled truths of artists’ autobiographies: truth in life and ...

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