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Routledge Auto/Biography Studies

About the Series

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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Speculative Biography Experiments, Opportunities and Provocations

Speculative Biography: Experiments, Opportunities and Provocations

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Writing Life Writing Narrative, History, Autobiography

Writing Life Writing: Narrative, History, Autobiography

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By Paul John Eakin
July 23, 2020

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 ...

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

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Edited By Andrew J. Power
July 10, 2020

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 ...

A Poetics of Arabic Autobiography Between Dissociation and Belonging

A Poetics of Arabic Autobiography: Between Dissociation and Belonging

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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

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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 ...

The Autobiography Effect Writing the Self in Post-Structuralist Theory

The Autobiography Effect: Writing the Self in Post-Structuralist Theory

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By Dennis Schep
July 30, 2019

Since the advent of post-structuralism, various authors have problematized the modern conception of autobiography by questioning the status of authorship and interrogating the relation between language and reality. Yet even after making autobiography into a theoretical problem, many of these ...

Research Methodologies for Auto/biography Studies

Research Methodologies for Auto/biography Studies

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Edited By Kate Douglas, Ashley Barnwell
June 18, 2019

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...

Inscribed Identities Life Writing as Self-Realization

Inscribed Identities: Life Writing as Self-Realization

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Edited By Joan Ramon Resina
January 17, 2019

Autobiography is a long-established literary modality of self-exposure with commanding works such as Augustine’s Confessions, Rousseau’s book of the same title, and Salvador Dalí’s paradoxical reformulation of that title in his Unspeakable Confessions. Like all genres with a distinguished career, ...

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