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  • Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2018–2019
  • Janet J. Graham


Aarons, Victoria. Holocaust Graphic Narratives: Generation, Trauma, and Memory. Rutgers UP, 2019.
Applies memory as a controlling trope to the analysis of the work of an intergenerational selection of graphic novelists and illustrators, making clear how they extend the traumatic narrative of the Holocaust into the present, and in doing so, give voice to survival in the wake of unrecoverable loss.
Andrews, William L. Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony, 1840–1865. Oxford UP, 2019.
Presents a comprehensive picture of social strata and class differentiation among slaves through the use of previously overlooked antebellum African American slave narratives.
Bennett, Nolan. The Claims of Experience: Autobiography and American Democracy. Oxford UP, 2019.
Theorizes what makes autobiography political with democratic potential by examining autobiography from five distinct political figures and time periods in American history, combining interpretive textual analysis with historical research and democratic theory.
Boon, Sonja. What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2019.
Combines research and reflection to reveal the multiplicity of identities and origins that shape a personal history.
Bost, Suzanne. Shared Selves: Latinx Memoir and Ethical Alternatives to Humanism. U of Illinois P, 2019.
Draws on feminist and posthumanist ideas to explore how three contemporary memoirists, John Rechy, Aurora Levins Morales, and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, decenter the self and offer a way to undertand the interconnectedness of life.
Boyer, Anne. The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
Explores the mediation of the experience of illness and dives into a long literary line of women writing about their own illnesses and ongoing deaths.
Civale, Susan. Romantic Women's Life Writing: Reputation and Afterlife. Manchester UP, 2019.
Argues that life writing shapes authorial reputation and afterlife, and reveals the innovative contributions of Frances Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, and Mary Hays to the genre of life writing in the long nineteenth century.
Cohan, Noah. We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports. U of Nebraska P, 2019.
Critically reads stories of sports fans' self-definition across genres to demonstrate how unscripted sporting entertainments function as identity-building narratives.
Couser, G. Thomas, and Susannah B. Mintz, editors. Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives. 2 vols., Macmillan Reference, 2019.
A reference volume containing individual essays on 200 narratives of illness and disability from early antecedents to contemporary memoirs written in or translated into English.
Demers, Patricia. Women's Writing in Canada. U of Toronto P, 2019.
Explores how the questioning, disruptive feminist practices in fiction, filmmaking, poetry, songwriting, drama, memoir, autobiography, comic books, and cookbooks reveal the tensions of colonial society and the transformation of cultural life in Canada.
Eakin, Paul John. Vivendo Autobiograficamente: A Construção de Nossa Identidade Narrativa. Translated by Ricardo Santhiago, Letra e Voz, 2019.
Portuguese translation of Living Autobiographically: How We Create Identity in Narrative.
Ehlers, Nadine, and Shiloh Krupar. Deadly Biocultures: The Ethics of Life-Making. U of Minnesota P, 2019.
Examines affirmations in the biocultures of cancer, race-based health, fatness, aging, and the afterlife with a focus on specific practices and technologies that affirm life, but also shows how they engender a politics of death and erasure.
Gilmore, Leigh, and Elizabeth Marshall. Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing. Fordham UP, 2019.
Centers an intersectional testimonial history of women of color writing about sexual and racist violence, and furthers ethical engagements with representations of vulnerability, childhood, and collective witness.
Hartoonian, Harry. The Unspoken as Heritage: The Armenian Genocide and Its Unaccounted Lives. Duke UP, 2019.
Meditates on loss, inheritance, and survival, and demonstrates how the genocidal past never leaves the present, even in its silence.
Henderson, Desirée. How to Read a Diary: Critical Contexts and Interpretive Strategies for 21st-Century Readers. Routledge, 2019.
Offers a new critical vocabulary for analyzing diary manuscripts, identifying the conventions of diary writing, examining the impact of technology on the genre, and presenting the myriad personal and political motives that drive diary writing.
Humphreys, Lee. The Qualified Self: Social Media and the...


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