Life Writing Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas

1st Edition

Eva C. Karpinski, Ricia A. Chansky

March 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 244 Pages
ISBN 9780367358303 - CAT# 327175

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Designed as a contribution to the emerging field of transnational comparative American studies, this book focuses on gender in life writing that exceeds the boundaries of traditional genres.

The contributors engage with authors who bend genres to speak gender as it manifests in multiple shapes in different geographic locations across the Americas, and especially as it is intersects with race and migration, war and colonialism, illness and ageing. In addition to supplying new insights into the established sites of auto/biographical production such as memoir, archive, and oral history, the book explores experimental mixed forms such as selfies, auto-theory, auto/bio comics, and autobiogeography. By combining this multi-genre and multi-media perspective with a multi-generational approach to life writing, the book showcases a spectrum of established and emerging critical voices, many of whom have been influenced by the work of Marlene Kadar, the Canadian life writing scholar whose interventions have expanded the feminist and interdisciplinary methods of life writing studies.

Tracing the intergenerational relay of ideas, this collection fosters dialogue across the western hemisphere, and will be useful to those studying life writing exchanges between North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This book was originally published as a special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

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