Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

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U of Minnesota Press, 2001 - 296 pages
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Contents

Life Narrative Definitions and Distinctions
1
Autobiographical Subjects
15
Autobiographical Acts
49
Life Narrative in Historical Perspective
83
A History of Autobiography Criticism Part 1 Defining the Genre
111
A History of Autobiography Criticism Part 2 Contemporary Theorizing
137
A Tool Kit Twenty Strategies for Reading Life Narratives
165
Appendixes
181
Fiftytwo Genres of Life Narrative
183
Group and Classroom Projects
209
Internet Resources
215
Journals
221
Notes
223
Bibliography
227
Index
269
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