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  • Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2010–2011
  • Phyllis E. Wachter (bio) and Aiko Yamashiro (bio)

Writing about one’s actual self with honesty is usually difficult and terrifying.

—Soyini Ayanna Forde

There are many different ways to say “I.”

—Natalie Edwards, Shifting Subjects

What is it like to be another person, to enjoy or endure the experiences of one of our more interesting contemporaries or an intriguing figure from the past?

—Richard Rathbone


Adams, Tony E. Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2011.
Unpacks historical, cultural, rhetorical, and personal implications of the closet.
Alwis, Anne P. Celibate Marriages in Late Antique and Byzantine Hagiography: The Lives of Saints Julian and Basilissa, Andronikos and Athanasia, and Galaktion and Episteme. New York: Continuum, 2011.
Focuses on the depiction of celibate marriage in lives of three couples who became saints.
Amad, Paula. Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday, and Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète. New York: Columbia UP, 2010.
Situates Kahn’s photo-cinematographic experiment in preserving world memory in biographical, intellectual, and cinematic contexts. [End Page 676]
Anderson, Linda. Autobiography. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2011.
Second edition includes developments in autobiographical criticism and a new chapter on narrative, and highlights different forms of the genre as well as recent trends like blogs.
Anderson, Steve F. Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth CP, 2011.
Highlights the historiographical potential in alternate histories presented in experimental films, fake documentaries, home movies and found footage, video games, and digital media.
Armstrong, Julie Buckner. Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2011.
Traces the changing representations by writers, activists, artists, historians, and local residents of the 1918 lynching of an eight-months pregnant woman in Georgia.
Ascoli, Albert Russell. A Local Habitation and a Name. Bronx: Fordham UP, 2011.
Addresses the strategies by which proper names served as points of negotiation between individual identities and social order in the Renaissance.
Asher, Brad. Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress. Lexington: U of Kentucky P, 2011.
Uses a rare cache of letters between a former slave owner and her escaped slave to examine race relations in mid-nineteenth century urban settings.
Atwood, Sara. Ruskin’s Educational Ideals. Burlington: Ashgate, 2011.
Reads Fors Clavigera as simultaneously an experiment in education and a treatise on education, with consequences for ongoing pedagogical debates.
Bagnall, Roger S. Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East. Berkeley: U of California P, 2010.
Argues for the extensive use of writing by ordinary people in the period between Alexander and the Arab conquests.
Bailey, Suzanne. Cognitive Style and Perceptual Difference in Browning’s Poetry. New York: Routledge, 2010.
New readings of Robert Browning based on recent work in speech pragmatics and visual thinking suggest how developments in cognitive science impact biographical practices.
Barclay, Andrew. Electing Cromwell: The Making of a Politician. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011.
Uses newly discovered primary sources to place Cromwell’s biography in the contexts of the national mood of 1640 and changes in Cromwellian historiography.
Bates, Toby Glenn. The Reagan Rhetoric: History and Memory in 1980s America. De Kalb, IL: Northern Illinois UP, 2011.
Shows how Reagan’s rhetorical presentations became accepted collective memory. [End Page 677]
Beecroft, Alexander. Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
Contends that the figure of the author “served as a catalyst to a sense of shared cultural identity in both the Greek and Chinese worlds.”
Bell, Ilona. Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Explores Elizabeth’s self-representations, especially in speeches, conversations, and poems.
Bellamy, Carla. The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place. Berkeley: U of Calfornia P, 2011.
Narratives of pilgrims to Muslim saint shrines complicate discourses of religious and communal identity in northwestern India.
Berenson, Edward. Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa. Berkeley: U of California P, 2010.
Links the “new imperialism” and “new journalism” of 1870–1914 in changing Stanley, Gordon, de Brazza, Marchand...