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Overviews women autobiographers and autobiography from the Middle Ages to the present. Entries discuss individual writers, major works, national and ethnic autobiographical traditions, particular autobiographical genres, and special terms, issues, and themes related to women's autobiography from around the world.
Editor(s): Victoria Boynton , Jo Malin
Edition: 1st
Articles: 202
Images: 1
People: 65

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Guide to Related Topics
Preface
Appendix 1: Authors and Works by Ethnicity or Nationality
Appendix 2: Chronological List of Autobiography Writers
Selected Bibliography
About the Editors and Contributors

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Victoria Boynton is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York at Cortland. She teaches in the Professional Writing...

ADDAMS, JANE

(1860–1935) A widely respected American social reformer and public intellectual in her own time, Jane Addams is perhaps most famous today as...

AFGHANI WOMEN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

See South Asian Women's Autobiography . ...

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Autobiographical writing seeks to reveal a person's life not only to him- or herself but also to his or her readers. Although the male tradition...

AFRICAN WOMEN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

There are two categories of African women's autobiography that fit the Western definition of the personal history of an individual. One consists...

ALEXANDER, MEENA

(1951–) A prominent writer of the South Asian diaspora, Meena Alexander explores her self-construction and identity formation in the...

ALLISON, DOROTHY

(1949–) Although Dorothy Allison has only written one relatively short memoir , Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1995), which began...

ALTERITY

Derived from the Latin alteritas (meaning difference), alterity in its modern sense is normally used in opposition to identity . The word...

AMERICAN WOMEN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY: EARLY WOMEN DIARISTS AND MEMOIRISTS (TO 1800)

Early American women's diaries and memoirs are best understood in the context of women's diverse lived experiences. American women's lives...

AMERICAN WOMEN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NINETEENTH CENTURY

Within the context of the newly formed United States of America and the burgeoning need among many of its citizens to identify and understand...

AMERICAN WOMEN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY: TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIRST CENTURIES

In the decades since 1900, American women's autobiography has proven to be an ever more vibrant compositional form than it had been in the past....

ANGELOU, MAYA

(1928–) Maya Angelou is the author of six autobiographical volumes written over a period of more than thirty years. These volumes reveal a...

ANZALDÚA, GLORIA

(1942–2004) Gloria Anzaldúa represents the growing presence of women of color in women's autobiography. One of the few autobiographies by a...

Appendix 1: Authors and Works by Ethnicity or Nationality

Please note that this list includes only those women who have full entries in this encyclopedia. Other women writers may be found through the...

Appendix 2: Chronological List of Autobiography Writers

Below are the women with full entries in this encyclopedia, listed in chronological order. Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) ...