Teaching Life Writing Texts (Options for Teaching)

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The past thirty years have witnessed a rapid growth in the number and variety of courses and programs that study life writing from literary, philosophical, psychological, and cultural perspectives. The field has evolved from the traditional approach that biographies and autobiographies were always about prominent people--historically significant persons, the nobility, celebrities, writers--to the conception of life writing as a genre of interrogation and revelation. The texts now studied include memoirs, testimonios, diaries, oral histories, genealogies, and group biographies and extend to resources in the visual and plastic arts, in films and videos, and on the Internet. Today the tensions between canonical and emergent life writing texts, between the famous and the formerly unrepresented, are making the study of biography and autobiography a far more nuanced and multifarious activity.

This volume in the MLA series Options for Teaching builds on and complements earlier work on pedagogical issues in life writing studies. Over forty contributors from a broad range of educational institutions describe courses for every level of postsecondary instruction. Some writers draw heavily on literary and cultural theory; others share their assignments and weekly syllabi. Many essays grapple with texts that represent disability, illness, abuse, and depression; ethnic, sexual and racial discrimination; crises and catastrophes; witnessing and testimonials; human rights violations; and genocide. The classes described are taught in humanities, cultural studies, social science, and language departments and are located in, among other countries, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany, Eritrea, and South Africa.

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Miriam Fuchs coedits Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and is professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at M?noa. She is the author of The Text Is Myself: Women's Life Writing and Catastrophe (2004), editor of Marguerite Young, Our Darling: Tributes and Essays, and coeditor, with Ellen G. Friedman, of Breaking the Sequence: Women's Experimental Fiction (1989). She has published on modernist authors, life writing, Djuna Barnes, Emily Holmes Coleman, H.D., Patricia Grace, and Queen Lili'uokalani.

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"Howes and Fuchs have spanned a remarkable breadth in terms of where their writers come from, the sorts of schools they teach in, and the life writing issues on which they focus. The result is a veritable gold mine for both teaching and research." --Susanna Egan, author, Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography



"For both teachers and researchers in the varied areas of 'life writing', this volume in the Options for Teaching series is of tremendous value. It sets out to be as all-encompassing as possible in terms of its definition of life writing, and thus many readers are likely to encounter examples of various forms of writing the self which they have not previously considered in any great detail."--Ursula J. Fanning, University College Dublin

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