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  • Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2017–2018
  • Aiko Yamashiro


Ackema, Peter, and Ad Neeleman. Features of Person: From the Inventory of Persons to Their Morphological Realization. MIT P, 2018.
Leading scholars in syntax propose that person features do not have inherent content but are used to navigate a "person space" at the heart of every pronominal expression.
Allamand, Carole. Le "Pacte" de Philippe Lejeune ou l'autobiographie en théorie. Honoré Champion, 2018.
Reproduces the entire text of Philippe Lejeune's landmark 1973 study on the "autobiographical pact," traces the evolution of the concept through Lejeune's work, and provides an overview of the debates it sparked around notions of identity, reference, fiction, genre, and self-writing.
Allen, Beverly B., Fawn-Amber Montoya, and José Antonio Ortega. Practicing Oral History to Connect University to Community. Routledge, 2018.
A teaching text that uses case studies and online resources to discuss process, community collaboration, ethics, preservation, funding, and other issues in oral history projects that connect university and community.
Atlas, James. The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale. Pantheon, 2017.
An autobiography and reflection on the biographical work of Johnson, Carlyle, and others, by the famed biographer of Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz.
Báez, Jillian M. In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship. U of Illinois P, 2018.
Uses ethnographic interviews to explore the ways Latina/o women engage mainstream and Spanish-language media and representation through a lens of citizenship.
Banerjee, Mita. Medical Humanities in American Studies: Life Writing, Narrative Medicine, and the Power of Autobiography. American Studies Series, Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018.
Links life writing narratives to discussions in bioethics and brain research, exploring a dialogue between the humanities and life sciences with the emergence of new academic fields.
Battershill, Claire. Modernist Lives: Biography and Autobiography at Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press. Bloomsbury, 2018.
Draws on archival materials and first editions of works by writers such as Christopher Isherwood, Henry Green, Viola Tree, Vita Sackville-West, and the Woolfs themselves, to show how the Woolfs' literary theories were expressed in all aspects of their publishing.
Batzke, Ina. Undocumented Migrants in the United States: Life Narratives and Self-Representations. Routledge Studies in Development, Mobilities and Migration Series, 2018.
Explores the life narratives of undocumented migrants in the context of the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) movement, as a way of understanding America's changing views on citizenship and social borders.
Benn, Carl, editor. A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812. John Norton—Teyoninhokarawen. U of Toronto P, 2018.
Extensively annotated and contextualized text that provides insight into the War of 1812 and Indigenous issues from a period that produced few Indigenous autobiographies.
Boon, Sonja, Lesley Butler, and Daze Jefferies. Autoethnography and Feminist Theory at the Water's Edge: Unsettled Islands. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Explores a collaborative embodied autoethnography of the island of Newfoundland and its surroundings to examine relationships between origins, memories, vulnerablities, and hauntings through feminist, queer, Indigenous, critical race, and posthuman theoretical frameworks.
Boos, Florence S. Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women: The Hard Way Up. Palgrave Studies in Life Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Discusses diaries, protest and reform-minded memoirs, accounts of religious vocations, and "self-help" narratives, traces changes over time, and puts this genre in material and political context.
Boyd, Amanda Weldy. Staging Memory and Materiality in Eighteenth-Century Theatrical Biography. Anthem Press, 2017.
Provides an introduction to theatrical biography and its material context (in the forms of playbills, etchings, contemporary reviews, etc.), by reading work by Thomas Davies, Charles Macklin, and James Boaden.
Braider, Christopher. Experimental Selves: Person and Experience in Early Modern Europe. U of Toronto P, 2018.
Argues that "person," as early moderns understood this concept, was an "experimental" phenomenon, drawing from theatre, the art of portraiture, the early novel, science, and pictorial experiments in vision and perception.
Brown, Megan. American Autobiography after 9/11. U of Wisconsin P, 2017.
Analyzes twenty-first century memoirs, reality television, and political speeches, including work by Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Tucker Max, Alison Bechdel, and Greg Mortenson, to explore genre as a response to an era of uncertainty and struggle.


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