The plots of Victorian autobiographies
are highly variable in terms of developing motifs and tropes--autobiographers undergo spiritual and mental crises, live out Romantic and biblical myths, follow historical and scientific paradigms and the dynamic patterns of their own ideas--and the function of masculinity in these constructions of self-identity in a "male-dominated" genre needs to be studied further.
He uses case studies of modern commercial managers combined with material on the concept of satisfying ambition and succeeding in business in the Meiji Period, and he closely examines autobiographies
from anarchists and socialists in the 1920s, comparing their treatment of memory with those of business leaders.
In a mere 150 pages (plus another 11 pages of bibliography and index), Perkins analyzes the autobiographies
of three black women who were involved in the Black Power Movement in the United States during the 1960s: Elaine Brown's A Taste Of Power (1992), Angela Davis's Angela Davis: An Autobiography (1974), and Assata Shakur's Assata: An Autobiography (1987).
In the course of the 18th century new views were to be found in the pedagogical literature and new practices were documented in diaries and autobiographies
from about 1800 onwards.
Many begin to recognize that their autobiographies
do not reflect a random sampling of isolated experiences in science.
In addition to the above works, the reader also encounters the autobiographies
of Robert Dale Owen, Anthony Trollope, Charles Darwin, Sir Walter Besant, Herbert Spencer, Edmund Gosse, and Francis Galton.
Four years after they entered the convent, just before they took their vows and permanently joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame, they were asked to write brief autobiographies
Since he is interested in "the voluntary impulses underlying the act of writing," Amelang sets outside his purview what he identifies as "provoked wriring"--"incidental or indirect autobiographies
, such as the oral life histories offered as testimony in courts of law" (50).
Surprising in two ways: First, Danahay's rejection of the conventional definition of autobiography as a nonfiction prose genre allows him to include poetry, fiction, as well as nonfiction centering on "the [autobiographical] act of self-naming"; second, although he relies on Carlyle's phrase (cited by Mill in his Autobiography), "anti-self-consciousness," to describe the Victorian reaction to Romantic autobiography, Danahay does not deal with Sartor Resartus, the most complex of all nineteenth-century British autobiographies
Telling our stories; continuities and divergences in Black autobiographies
It is clear that the other text implicated in the use of the picture is Douglass's Narrative and that, out of the interplay of maternal differences between the first and second autobiographies
, Frederick Douglass fashions for himself a rhetorical self-definition that destroys the logic of et hnography through the sentimental revisioning of his mother.
4) Those very few studies which have made an attempt to shed light on the actual childhood experience have primarily emphasized urban, late nineteenth-century and early twentieth century societies, employing both autobiographies
and oral history.
After her introductory essay on the development of the field in Canada, she offers papers considering such topics as the construction of the Indigenous self, Canadian autobiography and the Holocaust, autism and autobiography, agency and subjectivity in the writings of France Theoret and Nelly Arcan, Canadian death notices as autobiography, the performance of queerness in the writings of Carole Pope and Toller Cranston, and the maternal and material in the autobiographies
of Laura Goodman Salverson and Nellie Clung.
13] This life narrative, says Equiano, like other spiritual autobiographies
produced in this period, will be religiously instructive as well as self-reflective in nature: He means to evangel ize his readers.
Mostern's work is distinctive in its treatment of autobiographies
that rarely show up in scholarly debates on Black autobiography, as well as in its highlighting of the structures within an d without the text that make it what it is rather than simply focusing on the (Black) content, the story.