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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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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

Forthcoming

By Charles Reeve
November 01, 2022

Reading lifewriting 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 ...

Afropean Female Selves Migration and Language in the Life Writing of Fatou Diome and Igiaba Scego

Afropean Female Selves: Migration and Language in the Life Writing of Fatou Diome and Igiaba Scego

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Christopher Hogarth
October 31, 2022

Afropean Female Selves: Migration and Language in the Life Writing of Fatou Diome and Igiaba Scego examines the corpus of writing of two contemporary female authors. Both writers are of African descent, live in Europe and write about lives across Europe and Africa in different languages (French and...

Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging

Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Nicole Stamant
June 23, 2022

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 ...

The Birth and Death of the Author A Multi-Authored History of Authorship in Print

The Birth and Death of the Author: A Multi-Authored History of Authorship in Print

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew J. Power
April 29, 2022

The Birth and Death of the Author is a work about the changing nature of authorship as a concept. In eight specialist interventions by a diverse group of the finest international scholars it tells a history of print authorship in a set of author case studies from the fifteenth to the twenty-first ...

Writing Life Writing Narrative, History, Autobiography

Writing Life Writing: Narrative, History, Autobiography

1st Edition

By Paul John Eakin
April 29, 2022

Why do we endlessly tell the stories of our lives? And why do others pay attention when we do? The essays collected here address these questions, focusing on three different but interrelated dimensions of life writing. The first section, "Narrative," argues that narrative is not only a literary ...

Speculative Biography Experiments, Opportunities and Provocations

Speculative Biography: Experiments, Opportunities and Provocations

1st Edition

Edited By Donna Lee Brien, Kiera Lindsey
September 30, 2021

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 ...

Trans Narratives trans, transmedia, transnational

Trans Narratives: trans, transmedia, transnational

1st Edition

Edited By Ana Horvat, Orly Lael Netzer, Sarah McRae, Julie Rak
September 30, 2021

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 ...

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
May 31, 2021

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
April 14, 2021

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 ...

Américanas, Autocracy, and Autobiographical Innovation Overwriting the Dictator

Américanas, Autocracy, and Autobiographical Innovation: Overwriting the Dictator

1st Edition

By Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle
November 04, 2020

Overwriting the Dictator is literary study of life writing and dictatorship in Americas. Its focus is women who have attempted to rewrite, or overwrite, discourses of womanhood and nationalism in the dictatorships of their nations of origin. The project covers five 20th century autocratic ...

A Poetics of Arabic Autobiography Between Dissociation and Belonging

A Poetics of Arabic Autobiography: Between Dissociation and Belonging

1st Edition

By Ariel M. Sheetrit
March 04, 2020

This book examines the poetics of autobiographical masterpieces written in Arabic by Leila Abouzeid, Hanan al-Shaykh, Samuel Shimon, Abd al-Rahman Munif, Salim Barakat, Mohamed Choukri and Hanna Abu Hanna. These literary works articulate the life story of each author in ways that undermine the ...

Multilingual Life Writing by French and Francophone Women Translingual Selves

Multilingual Life Writing by French and Francophone Women: Translingual Selves

1st Edition

By Natalie Edwards
October 21, 2019

This volume examines the ways in which multilingual women authors incorporate several languages into their life writing. It compares the work of six contemporary authors who write predominantly in French. It analyses the narrative strategies they develop to incorporate more than one language into ...

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