- Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2005–2006
A persuasive case can be made for a causative link between exile and autobiography. This is, of course, partially comprised of the need to make sense of memories and experiences, to create—through the rationalizing force of narrative—coherence in the midst of the emotional turmoil and confusion of dislocation.—Sheila Boniface Davies and Georgina Horrell
Situated between reality and imagination, human beings have the ability to identify, misidentify, create, and destroy the very notion of identity. If identity is this fluid, there needs to be a container.—Gerald Alan Powell, Jr.
Uses oral histories with her mother and other family members to address agency, subjectivity, and social change.
Through works by Isabella Bird, Florence Dixie, and Kate Marsden, considers how travel literature reflected changing attitudes toward gender.
Places women's letters written in Greek and Egyptian from the Alexandrian conquest to the early Islamic period in their paleographic, linguistic, social, and economic contexts.
Contains materials found in Barnes's apartment, including unpublished drafts of poems and "notes toward her memoirs." [End Page 615]
Translation of Petersen's (1644-1724) autobiography—one of the first by a woman in Germany—and of two of her Pietistic devotional tracts, with a contextualizing introduction.
Compares late nineteenth and early twentieth century African American, Jewish American, and Italian American narratives of passing.
Transcriptions of thirty-one letters, with interpretive essays, reveal structures of epiy discourse and female friendship.
Examines the representations of gender, race, region, class, and family in works by Russell Baker, John Edgar Wideman, Agate Nesaule, and Bobbie Ann Mason.
Analyzes priests' roles as confessors and as biographers of spiritually gifted women.
Explores the places of memory in the ethics and practices of justice.
Postcolonial reading of the twentieth century Swiss travel writer.
Brynner, a history professor and son of actor Yul, constructs a single panoramic story of four family generations while providing a chronicle of their times and of modern Russian history.
Identifies common themes and structures in memoirs by authors who cared for ill or disabled family members. [End Page 616]
Reviews the use of graphics, photographs, films, and other media as historical and documentary evidence.
Combines "collective biography" with "a history of attitudes, beliefs, and ideas."
Surveys black Americans' narratives of their encounters with Africa.